- tell us what the image is (hopefully there is a caption or explanation in the magazine)
I chose to go with Sky & Telescope because as in previous posts I have talked about my love of space. The magazine image that I chose depicts a supermassive black hole that is surrounded by galaxies circling it.
- tell us your own thoughts.
My first thought that came to mind when looking at this cover is emptiness, If you think how big and how far apart each of those galaxies are from one another, then you put in perspective how HUGE the black hole is in the center of the image I can only imagine how massive it is. The article is focusing on what dark matter is and how we could obtain dark energy from it. Dark energy is a form of energy that is crafted from dark matter. This process is yet to be discovered but we believe that we can harness the dark energy of the universe.
- tell us the reaction from the stranger.
“it’s pretty. dark matter sounds scary and every time i hear about dark matter I feel uncomfortable”
The reaction that I got was interesting, They were at first awed by the beauty of the picture, how it represented something so immensely huge, but then they decided how it was kind of scary and how the idea of dark matter sounds scary to them and how anytime they hear about it, they feel comfortable.
- tell us about the stranger (male? female? approximate age? major? or anything else you find interesting about the person)
I picked at random. my stranger was female in her 20s and focused on math. So I figured a perfect candidate to review these.
- how did your reaction differ or was it similar to the stranger?
I was very surprised by the reaction that I got from Kristina. Our reactions differed so much. I was very intrigued by the image and what it represented whereas for her she was frightened by the unexplained. It goes to show how different from one another people can see the universe.