Imagine the Universe!

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This video illustrates the difference between a spinning and non-spinning black hole. It shows a side by side comparison between a spinning black hole and a non-spinning black hole. In each, lines of space-time are drawn around the event horizon. In the video, the event horizon is surrounded by a blue glow, which represents gas just before if falls past the event horizon. The innermost stable orbit is the ring of gas outside this blue glow. Space-time is curved around the black hole which is rotating. As a consequence, around a rotating black hole the gas can be in a closer orbit.

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Imagine the Universe! is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Imagine Team
Project Leader: Dr. Barbara Mattson
Curator: J.D. Myers
Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman
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This page last updated: Friday, 27-Jan-2006 15:39:19 EST