Paul Sutter received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. After spending three years at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, he is now a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. Sutter is the host of several podcasts and YouTube series, consults for TV and film productions, and frequently makes public appearances discussing physics and astronomy topics and the role science plays in society.
The story of Copernicus' clash with the Church over the arrangement of heavenly bodies is often painted in black and white, but at the time, philosophy, science and religion were all mixed up.
Black holes are made out to be uncompromising monsters, roaming the galaxies, voraciously consuming anything in their path. But in the movies the scary monster has a weakness. So surely black holes have a vulnerability, right?
Instead of just sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the light show the universe is putting on, some people feel compelled to object: Those colors are fake! Here's why such complaints are unwarranted.