ABOUT THE POSTER
The StarChild Black Holes poster contains eight images which represent
various artists' conceptions of different aspects of black holes. Below
we give some additional information about each of the eight images.
An artist's rendition of a binary system with an accretion disk. The
accretion disk is formed as matter from the companion star is pulled into
the black hole.
This image is an artist's depiction of an active galaxy showing the
supermassive black hole at its center. Particle jets can be seen
streaming out perpendicular to the disk. This material streams away from
the black hole just before it crosses the event horizon.
An artist's rendition of the gravitational lensing effect that occurs
when a black hole is located between the viewer and a light source (in
this case, distant stars). The strong gravity of the black hole bends the
path of the starlight to make the distant star appear to be located in a
different place than it actually is.
A depiction of the path a photon (or quantum of light) might follow as it
spirals into the black hole.
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