Blackhole 3D Postcard

This 3D postcard depicts a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disc. This thin disc of rotating material consists of the leftovers of a Sun-like star which was ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole. Shocks in the colliding debris as well as heat generated in accretion led to a burst of light, resembling a supernova explosion.

Credit:

ESO, ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

About the Postcard

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Id:postcard_0065
Release date:25 January 2019, 01:46
Dimensions:14.8 cm (W) x 14.8 cm (H) x 0.01 cm (D)

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