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Caption: Animation of a black hole moving through space, distorting the scene behind it. A black hole is a region of spacetime with a gravitational field so strong that even light cannot escape it. They typically cram several solar masses into a region just a few kilometres across. This enormous density distorts the spacetime around them, bending the paths of light around them, forming distortion effects like those seen here.

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Black hole moving through space

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Duration: 00:00:12

Frame size: 768x576

Frame rate: 25

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Format: QuickTime, Photo JPEG 100%, progressive scan, square pixels

File size: 115.7M


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Frame size: 720x576

Codec: DV - PAL

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