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Diana Battefeld, Abyss, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]
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Published: November 6, 2015
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The painting above is that of a black hole visualized by James et.al [arXiv:1502.03808] for the movie Interstellar, and is the first semi-realistic depiction of a Kerr black hole. It includes several effects that are commonly omitted: gravitational lensing, gravitational and Doppler shift of the colors and intensity modulation due to Liouville’s theorem.

Contrary to how black holes are depicted in movies, including Interstellar, where they used a moderately realistic black hole with a slow spin, they would never look truly symmetric and evenly illuminated from up close; due to the bending of light-rays by the Kerr blackhole, you would see the accretion disc that is physically behind it: it appears to bend upwards, with several mirror images of itself all around the black hole. Thus, on one side of the black hole it appears to collapse into a flat, vertical border and a series of accretion disks that emerge from this edge.

Find out more about the physics of black holes at Horizon Crossing

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Interesting read and beautiful painting!
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Hi Grassprietje,
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed the painting and its physics.
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Thank you Haahsonic223!
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