Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orbiting a Black Hole
Posted on 07/01/2013 3:10:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What would it look like to orbit a black hole? Since the strong gravity of the black hole can significantly alter light paths, conditions would indeed look strange. For one thing, the entire sky would be visible, since even stars behind the black hole would have their light bent to the observer's eye. For another, the sky near the black hole would appear significantly distorted, with more and more images of the entire sky visible increasingly near the black hole. Most visually striking, perhaps, is the outermost sky image completely contained inside an easily discernible circle known as the Einstein ring. Orbiting a black hole, as shown in the above scientifically-accurate computer-created illustrative video, will show stars that pass nearly directly behind the black hole as zipping around rapidly near the Einstein ring. Although star images near the Einstein ring may appear to move faster than light, no star is actually moving that quickly. The above video is part of a sequence of videos visually exploring the space near a black hole's event horizon. (Disclosure: Video creator Robert Nemiroff is an editor for APOD.)
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Please, no black hole jokes.
I thought we were orbiting the central black hole in the Milky Way. Just not that close.
So we cannot mention a certain 300 pound slab of ghetto attitude. (Rachel Jeantel).
"She suspected this was destined to be a faster than light marriage when he gave her an Einstein ring..."
What did the supernova say to the black hole it was trying to pick up?
(wait for it... wait for it...) “I felt strongly attracted to you from across the room.
In a final flash of glory. Never more to grace the night.
Would you prefer I took a poke at Uranus ?
Wow! That’s wild. Thanks.
That’s black ho, not hole.
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