NASA’s new black hole visualizations showcase how gravity warps light

Images from computer simulations highlight the ‘photon ring’ and more

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In computer simulation images, a gaseous accretion disk (seen edge-on) swirls around a black hole like a cosmic drainpipe. The black hole’s superstrong gravity warps the light from that disk in weird ways.

Jeremy Schnittman/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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