What Does a Black Hole Look Like? NASA Took a Pic!
POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:20pm
Beam me up, Scotty, I thought they were kidding about "black holes." Not true. They are real, and NASA has taken a picture of one.
NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) got lucky. A black hole named Markarian 335 is about 324 million light-years from Earth is so massive (it has the mass of around 10 million of our suns packed into a space only 30 times as big as our sun) that its gravity actually pulls and bends light as the light gets near it. NASA got lucky because a patch of X-Rays was photographed being sucked into the black hole! This blurred and stretched the X-rays, allowing NASA to shine a spotlight on what was going on around the black hole.
In an article by Andrew Griffin, "NASA Gets a Rare Glimpse of a Black Hole," he writes: "Some of the light that falls into supermassive black holes is never seen again, but other high-energy light comes from the corona (of the black hole) and a disk of superheated material that surrounds it."
Wow! Think about that! A black hole is so massive and has such high gravity, it sucks in light! But black holes also give off a higher energy form of light? Amazing.
To read the complete article and see the actual photo of that black hole, please click here.. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/nasa-gets-a-rare-glimpse-of-a-black-hole-9674026.html