July 19, 2010

Posted in: Science, Space

Peering Inside a Black Hole

Black holes may not be what they seem. PhysOrg reports that “a new infrared image has captured the center of our galaxy in never-before-seen detail–showing stars and gas swirling into the super massive black hole that lurks at the heart of our own Milky Way.” Video after the break.

“We can’t actually see a black hole because, by definition, no light comes out from it,” says University of Florida astronomer Steve Eikenberry. “What we can see, though, is the material around the black hole. As the material spirals into the black hole, it’s kind of like water going down the drain in a sink.”



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