Researchers Create Virtual Reality Simulation of a Supermassive Black Hole


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 28 November 2018

ASTROPHYSICS

Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy
Image of the Black Hole Virtual Reality by J. Davelaar.
Image by J.Davelaar 2018

Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole,
BioMed Central, November 18, 2018.

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“The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time.”

"Our virtual reality simulation creates one of the most realistic views of the direct surroundings of the black hole and will help us to learn more about how black holes behave. Traveling to a black hole in our lifetime is impossible, so immersive visualizations like this can help us understand more about these systems from where we are.

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“...the virtual reality simulation could help encourage the general public, including children, to take an interest in astrophysics.”

 

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