A New Visualization of a Black Hole by NASA

 

Video graphic – A fantastic new visualization of a black hole shows how its gravity distorts our view of it by warping its surroundings. The simulation shows the accretion disk – a thin hot structure where in falling material has collected.  The extremely intense gravity of the black hole skews the light emitted by different regions of the disk giving it a warped, misshapen appearance.

The picture below highlights and explains the various aspects of the visualization.

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Visualization of a black hole by NASA

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Jeremy Schnittman

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