Space concepts

What does a black hole look like?

By Susie Smith

Black holes aren't quite what you think they are... 

They aren't holes - and they aren't black. They are regions in space where the gravitational pull is SO strong, that not even light can escape.1 

But what do they actually look like? Are they as simple as their name suggests? Not quite... 

The first image of a supermassive black hole and its shadow was first captured in 2019 - and this in itself was a huge undertaking.2

In this episode of Your Cosmos 'What does a black hole look like?', British Astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst shows us this very image, and unravels the mystery surrounding these otherworldly phenomenon. 

Picture of black hole
Black holes are deadly enough to destroy space and time.
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Head still scratching? 

Space is pretty big. Well, there is 435,000,000,000,000,000,000,000km of observable universe to be exact.3

Get the answers to more mind-bending universe questions with Your Cosmos with Dr. Becky Smethurst on Facebook Watch.*

*Please note, this series is restricted in certain territories.

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1. Black hole definition, 2. First image of a black hole, 3. How big is our universe?



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