Black hole

Black hole

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Credit: CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Black hole, computer artwork. Surrounding gas and dust are spiralling into the black hole, attracted by the immense gravitational forces. The extreme conditions cause the gas and dust to heat up and glow. A black hole is formed when the core of a star collapses under its own weight, increasing its gravitational field to the point where, beyond a boundary known as the event horizon, nothing, not even light, can escape. A star only forms a black hole if its mass is sufficiently large.

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Keywords: accreting, accretion, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, black hole, cosmological, cosmology, destruction, disc, glowing, gravitational, gravity, illustration, peculiar, radiation, science, spiral, spiralling, star death, stellar, vortex

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