Science Class: Stare into a simulated black hole

NASA posts animation of the inside of a stellar-mass black hole

The closest any of us will ever get to a black hole will be through watching TV shows (such as "Doctor Who" or "Star Trek") or movies ("The Black Hole"), but you can now learn more about them on YouTube.

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One of NASA's YouTube channels (NASAexplorer) today posted a video that "takes you to the inner zone of the accretion disk of a stellar-mass black hole." The animation is a result of a new study by astronomers at NASA, John Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology, confirming "long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light."

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