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What is a black hole? The universe's dark, mysterious monsters – CNET

NASA concept of a black hole

Black holes are elusive and powerful regions of space. They have inspired sci-fi writers, scientists and space fans to peer into the deepest mysteries of the universe. 

Nothing, not even light, can escape from a black hole’s strong gravitational field. We have wondered and speculated what they might look like, and we now have a better idea than ever before.

Most of our pictures of what black holes look like come from artist concepts, like this one released by NASA in 2015. This image is communicating the idea of black holes blasting out radiation and high-speed winds. This artwork is based on an image of the Pinwheel Galaxy snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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