Science Class: Stare into a simulated black hole

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

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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.

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."

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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