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A trip with the Hubble Space Telescope into a black hole

Interested in black holes? Then you should consider watching the video below shot in 2005 from the Hubble Space Telescope. It zooms in into a supermassive black hole in our neighboring Andromeda galaxy. An explanation about this black hole can be found on the SpaceTelescope.org website.

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Comment from lagazella
Time March 22, 2009 at 12:29 AM

Seeing these stars is like watching a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. You know it happened but you don’t know how it happened! this make us shiver for the beauty of its creation! beautiful…

Comment from H
Time March 22, 2009 at 2:27 AM

this video shows nothing

Comment from Jester theFool
Time March 22, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I’m really curious to know if this is a mimic animation or the real thing. The host of the blog says its the real thing… That would be uber cool

Comment from admin
Time March 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Jester,

According to the article linked above, the astronomers used Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) to measure the velocities of the blue young stars. They obtained the stars’ speeds by calculating how much their light waves are stretched and compressed as they travel around the black hole. Under the black hole’s gravitational grip, the stars are traveling very fast: 3.6 million kilometers an hour (1,000 kilometers a second). They are moving so fast that it would take them 40 seconds to circle the Earth and six minutes to arrive at the Moon.

Even though they are traveling so fast, the video shows real pictures until it dissolves into an animation of a concentration of red stars around the 35th second.

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