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Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a super massive black hole

Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology . Credits: J.Davelaar 2018 "> The black hole in the middle of our galaxy, Sagittarius A…

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The black hole in the middle of our galaxy, Sagittarius A *, has been visualized in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology . Credit: J.Davelaar 201

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The black hole in the middle of our galaxy, Sagittarius A *, has been visualized in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology .

Researchers at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany, used the latest astrophysical models of Sagittarius A * to create a series of images that were then combined to create a 360 degree virtual simulation simulation of the black hole, which can be seen on publicly available VR consoles. The authors suggest that this virtual reality simulation can be useful for studying black holes.

Jordy Davelaar, the corresponding author, said: “Our virtual reality simulation creates one of the most realistic views of the black hole’s immediate surroundings and will help us learn more about how black holes behave. To travel to a black hole in our lifetime is impossible, so in-depth visualizations as this can help us understand more about these systems from where we are. “

The authors also suggest that virtual realization simulation could help encourage the public, including children, to be interested for astrophysics.

Davelaar said: “The visualizations we produced have great potential for outreach. We used them to introduce children to the black hole phenomenon, and they really learned something. It suggests immersive virtual reality visualizations is a great tool to show our work to a broader audience, even when it involves very complex systems like black holes. “

The black hole in our galaxy, Sagittarius A *, has been visualized in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology . Credit: J.Davelaar 2018

Heino Falcke, professor at Radboud University, adds: “We all have a picture in our mind of how black holes probably look, but science has evolved and we can now do much more accurate renderings – and these black holes look quite different from what we are used to. These new visualizations are just the beginning, more to come in the future. “

Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology . Credits: J.Davelaar 2018 “>

The black hole in the middle of our galaxy, Sagittarius A *, has been visualized in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology . Credit: J.Davelaar 2018


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More information:
Jordy Davelaar et al. Observation of super massive black holes in virtual reality, Calculus robotic and cosmology (2018). DOI: 10,1186 / s40668-018-0023-7

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