This Is How a Supermassive Black Hole Looks

Illustration for article titled This Is How a Supermassive Black Hole Looks

You can't see black holes. They absorb everything, even light. But you can see how things looks around them. In fact, you are looking at one right now: The supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy M84,


M84 is in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, 50 million light-years from Earth. This black hole has the mass of 300 million Suns. Scientists used Hubble Space Telescope's Imaging Spectrograph to capture this zig zag shapes, which shows the "rapid rotation of gas at the galaxy's center" as it gets eaten by the greedy bastard. [NASA]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


What makes me wonder is why there hasn't been a sci-fi movie around a black hole just yet? Even an "Armageddon"-like film based on fairies-and-unicorns-science would do, I guess, since all you have to do is dazzle the audience with the scope of such a body. "Sunshine", for instance, did a terrific job at showing the viewer what a truly monstrous force the sun actually is, as opposed to the "Hey! There's that glowing thing in the sky that slightly burns my skin!" people usually make of it.

A sci-fi movie about a ship that gets stuck in a Black Holes gravitational pull could actually be somewhat of an interesting movie?