Simulation of a Supermassive Black Hole

In anticipation of the first image of a black hole, Jordy Davelaar and colleagues built a virtual reality simulation of one of these fascinating astrophysical objects. Their simulation shows a black hole surrounded by luminous matter. This matter disappears into the black hole in a vortex-like way, and the extreme conditions cause it to become a glowing plasma. The light emitted is then deflected and deformed by the powerful gravity of the black hole. 

Credit:

Jordy Davelaar et al./Radboud University/BlackHoleCam

About the Image

Id:eso1907f
Type:Simulation
Release date:10 April 2019, 15:07
Related releases:eso1907
Size:4096 x 2560 px

About the Object

Name:Black hole
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Illustrations

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