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This Is What It's Like to Stare a Black Hole In the Eye

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If you ever got close enough to a black hole to get this view, you'd be on your way to an extremely horrible death and possibly other universes. So, uh, thank goodness for the magic of the internet?


What you're looking at is a computer-generated image, posted by NASA today, that shows the visual distortions that take place as light bends towards the immensely strong gravitational forces:

Every star in the normal frame has at least two bright images—one on each side of the black hole. Near the black hole, you can see the whole sky - light from every direction is bent around and comes back to you.


So that's what it's like to stare a black hole dead in the eye. It's sure less scarier than falling into one.

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