BLACK HOLES

Black holes are really the most exotic thing that we know about-or one of the most exotic things we know about-in the Universe.
Stephen Murray
Assoc. Dir., High Energy Astrophysics Div.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

You can only see a black hole if there's material falling into it. A black hole is black. Nothing can escape from a black hole, even light.
Andrea Prestwich
Astrophysicist
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

Studying them is really interesting, because it's pushing, pushing hard at the edge.
Stephen Murray
Assoc. Dir., High Energy Astrophysics Div.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

The reason I like to study black holes is basically just because they are so neat-they are such a cool object. They are, y'know, so exotic.
Mike Garcia
Astrophysicist
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

I am fascinated by trying to observe the unobservable. We can't look inside of a black hole, we can only look to the edges of it, but that information can tell us a lot about what's going on where we can't see. It's sort of like being a forensic scientist or a "Sherlock Holmes." You look for clues and and you use the clues to help you understand the bigger picture. And a black hole is a vast sea of clues and we just have to go and find them.
Stephen Murray
Assoc. Dir., High Energy Astrophysics Div.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

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Falling Into a Black Hole
Explains what it would be like to fall into a black hole, white holes, wormholes, and the collapse of a black hole through animations, photos and text.

Black Holes and Beyond
Information about how a black hole is formed, the anatomy of a black hole, how we can see a black hole and more including QuickTime movies and sound files.

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