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All The Best Images From NASA's Black Hole Friday

In a proud and noble tradition stretching back a whole two years, NASA did Black Hole Friday last week, rather than just flogging a few Apollo mini-figs for 25 per cent off. We got science, we got knowledge and of course, a bunch of jaw-dropping images of black holes. Here are the best.

Watch What Would Happen If Two Black Holes Collided In The Milky Way

If you’ve ever wondered what the end of the Milky Way might look like, then perhaps it’s a little like this. You’re looking at a simulation of what would happen to our galaxy if two black holes somehow collided within it.

Rebuilding The Black Hole From Interstellar With DIY Effects

The black hole from Interstellar is the product of millions of dollars of movie magic, but maybe it didn’t have to be. DIY effects extraordinaire Joey Shanks of Shanks FX made a pretty good poor man’s version with just some sparkers and Photoshop. Spoilers, sort of.

Take A Sneak Peek Behind The Science Of Interstellar

Wired just published a meaty feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Interstellar. Thorne, one of the world’s most celebrated theoretical physicists, worked with director Christopher Nolan to ensure that depictions of things like black holes and wormholes would be accurate in the film. And also spectacular.

Scientists Think A Wormhole May Be In The Centre Of Our Galaxy

If Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi of the Fudan University in Shanghai are correct, what we thought was a massive black hole in the centre of our galaxy could be a wormhole that would allow instantaneous travel between two points in space and time. In fact, it may be the gateway to a different universe.

NASA Shows How Neutron Stars Collide To Form Black Holes

NASA Goddard has created an impressive supercomputer simulation of one of the most violent events in the universe: a battle to the death between two neutron stars, ripping each other apart and colliding until they form a black hole. Even if it’s just a simulation, looking at the scale and forces involved blows my mind.

The Various Ways To Die Inside A Black Hole

Falling into a black hole never sounded like fun. How could it? Black holes are the darkest places in the universe, where not even light can escape the singularity’s immense gravitational pull. It wouldn’t be fun. But what, exactly, would happen?

No, Stephen Hawking Did Not Say Black Holes Don't Exist

You’ve probably seen plenty of headlines this week proclaiming “Stephen Hawking Says Black Holes Don’t Exist” and heard people who read those headlines chattering excitedly about this seemingly huge shift in astrophysics. But as PopMech wisely points out, that’s not an accurate summary of what Hawking actually said.

Supermassive Black Hole 'Indigestion' Is Super Gorgeous

On the other side of the universe, a supermassive black hole is devouring enormous quantities of matter and spewing material in a jet that’s 150 light-years long. One scientist identifies the situation as “black hole indigestion”, and boy is it pretty.

These Stars May Look Mellow But They're Resisting A Huge Black Hole

Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colours. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies 230 million light years away.