Artist’s Impression of a Black Hole (Animation)

This is an artist’s impression of a black hole drifting through our Milky Way galaxy. The black hole is the crushed remnant of a massive star that exploded as a supernova. The surviving core is several times the mass of our Sun. The black hole traps light because of its intense gravitational field. The black hole distorts the space around it, which warps images of background stars lined up almost directly behind it. This gravitational "lensing" effect offers the only telltale evidence for the existence of lone black holes wandering our galaxy, of which there may be a population of 100 million. The Hubble Space Telescope goes hunting for these black holes by looking for distortion in starlight as the black holes drift in front of background stars.



ESA/Hubble, Digitized Sky Survey, Nick Risinger (, N. Bartmann

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Release date:10 June 2022, 16:00
Related releases:heic2210
Duration:20 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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