Black Hole Simulation

I love looking at beautiful astronomy pictures, but it's often easy to forget what violent and alien landscapes they depict. Black holes were only conceived of in the middle of the last century, and were only a thought experiment until even more recently. They're such an interesting class of objects that they have been featured in every story or movie that could be tangentially related to, and that ubiquitousness has bred familiarity.

Well, here's a movie that someone put together that attempts to depict what it would actually look like for a star to be consumed by a nearby black hole. You can almost feel the hard radiation sleeting through your fragile body.