Scientists have created a simulation of the Sagittarius A* black hole using VR technology
Scientists have used new technologies and the vast amount of data collected while studying the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy to create a video that we can watch in 360 degrees in VR technology. With it, we can dive into a black hole and see what Sagittarius A* might look like.
At the heart of the Milky Way is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Without its gravitational power, our galaxy would not exist. Sgr A* is at a distance of 25,000. light years away from us and despite the instruments we haveoin, ktore allow us to look at such a distance, we have never seen it. This was remedied by scientists from Germany and the Netherlands.
Over the past decades, astronomers and astrophysicists have intensively studied space woko³ Sgr A*. The data was used by researchers from Radboud University and Goethe University. The latest astrophysical models of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy have helped them create a spherical film, or one thatory we can view in 360 degrees, using VR technology.
The authors suggest that this virtual reality simulation could be useful for studying black holes. However, they created it primarily for editing purposes, to popularize science, in particularoThe liveness of astrophysics and knowledge of black holes. Specificoły creation of the video was described in an article published in the journal „Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology”.
– Our simulation is one of the most realistic viewsoin the immediate vicinity of Sgr A* and will help us learn more about how black holes behave. Podro¿ to a black hole is impossible, so such immersive visualizations can help usoc to better understand the forces at work there – said Jordy Davelaar of Radboud University.
The video shows slowly appearing red-orange streaks. At their center is a black sphere – is Sagittarius A*. It is an object so dense and so gravitationally intense that photons cannot reach escape velocity, so we will never really see the black hole.
The space wokoł is an example of one of the most extreme environments in the Universe. The red-orange streaks spinning at enormous speeds are dust and gas. – Light, ktore can be seen, it comes from matter disappearing into the black hole in a wayob similar to the vortex. Extreme conditionsow cause it to become a plasma and begin to glow – explained Davelaar.