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The path of light around a black hole gets severely distorted by

The path of light around a black hole gets severely distorted by


When a massive enough star ends its life, or two massive enough stellar remnants merge

If Light Has No Mass, Why is It Affected by Black Holes?

What Would You See As You Fell Into A Black Hole?

Peering down the cliff of infinity: The first image of the event horizon of a black hole. Contributed by

The path of light around a black hole gets severely distorted by gravity. In this

FAECIASP/NASA/Conicet of Argentina/Getty Images

Binary black hole. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This artist's impression shows how J043947.08+163415.7, a very distant quasar powered by a supermassive black hole, may look close up.

(Credit: NRAO, AUI, NSF)

Artist conception of what a photograph of the event horizon around a black hole may look like.

Behemoth Black Hole Found in an Unlikely Place

black hole lensing Milky Way

The image gets severely distorted, but you get a lot more light from the star than you would without the lens.

Black holes could grow as large as 50 billion suns before their food crumbles into stars according to research

The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, flares

Gravitational lensing. Light from a background galaxy is warped around ...

What is a black hole?

Can you really survive traveling through an enormous black hole? A team of physicists has been studying the notion. (Roen Kelly/Discover)

Came upon this beautiful space doughnut. Black holes can hide wonders.

Scientists analyzed X-ray light to determine the spin of the black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 1365.

What is on the Other Side of a Black Hole?

First detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light

The Warped Path to Understanding the Universe

The first image of the event horizon of a black hole, via the Event Horizon Telescope

Below an older rendering showing gas swirling at 30 percent of the speed of light in a circular orbit around a black hole.” Credit Agence France-Presse ...

A still image of a visualization of the merging black holes that LIGO and Virgo have

Inside a Keck telescope dome

When you fall into a black hole or simply get very close to the event horizon, its size and scale appear much larger than the actual size.

The galaxy cluster Abell 370 was the first target of the BUFFALO survey, which aims to search for some of the first galaxies in the Universe.

Colliding black holes send gravitational waves rippling through space - CBS News

Two neutron stars collide; the resulting gravitational wave spread at the speed of light.

One of Our Best Views of the Supermassive Black Hole at the Heart of the Milky Way


In that instant of merging, the black holes are a single object. There's a single region of space from which light cannot escape, but this is very much not ...

Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years, study predicts

3 You will discover… that Einstein's general theory of relativity predicts regions of space and time that are severely distorted by the extremely dense mass ...

dust black hole

Annotated image of the path of the star S2 as it passes very close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Our galaxy's black hole emits X-rays (made visible here in an image from

Hawking radiation is not produced at the black hole horizon.

Download and print these free, spacey Valentine cards to share with friends and family.

A moderately realistic accretion disk (ring around a black hole), created by Double Negative artists and gravitationally lensed by a black hole.

Four Types of Black Holes


The curvature of spacetime caused by a black hole is infinite. Such a bent path causes the light ...

Figure 1: Deflection of light due to a Schwarzschild black hole. Light.

100 years on: the pictures that changed our view of the universe

Astronomer: Tens of Thousands of Black Holes Exist in Our Galaxy's Center

The Metaphysics of Interstellar

It probably wouldn't do the beam pipes much good…

Figure a shows a person holding a flashlight and standing in an elevator that is accelerating

A visualization of what a black hole silhouetted against the backdrop of the Milky Way would look like. The event horizon is the dark region from which no ...

Voyager 1 is roughly 143 AU from the sun (21390000000km). At that distance it has only just left the event horizon, shows you how massive some of these BH's ...

Successful Test of General Relativity Near a Supermassive Black Hole. In 1915 ...

The above picture shows an artists impression of an accretion disc, that is a disc of matter moving around the black hole at very high speeds, ...

Luminet black hole

Figure 5: Time evolution of the relative error on the radius for orbits.


First ever picture of a black hole may be revealed this week. The team at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a network of telescopes around the globe ...

The observation

Artist's impression of the corona of energetic particles that produces intense X-ray emission from an AGN as a jet-like structure is launched.

This is similar to how the gravitation field created by an object (the ball) affects light (the marble).

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe

Do-It-Yourself Dwarf Planet: Exploring Ceres in Labs

M87 black hole photo a first-of-its-kind scientific milestone

Image: This is Figure 1 from the paper. Caption: Figure 1. Outline of the halo drive. A spaceship traveling at a velocity βi emits a photon of frequency νi ...

Anything that find itself inside the event horizon that surrounds a black hole, no matter what else is going on in the Universe, will find itself sucked ...

Incredible Light Show: Gas Jet Flaring From M87's Black Hole

Or, more likely, you'll be looking straight into a jet of superheated material, being flung away from the black hole.

A black hole distorting spacetime and light in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud

An example of caustics produced by a glass of water. An optical caustic is the two-dimensional projection of an envelope of light rays refracted by a ...

Massive bodies warp spacetime

Massive jets propelling away from the black hole at the center of Centaurus A galaxy 13

The Global Millimeter VLBI Array (GMVA), with ALMA added

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Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

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Pythagoras' theorem


black hole in M87

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falling into a black hole

Gargantua black hole

Figure 23: Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this combined view from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.