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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?

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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.

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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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