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.
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Jeremy Schnittman