Flying past a black hole in a simulator: Jordy Davelaar and colleagues observe supermassive black holes in virtual reality

November 20, 2018
Black hole simulations in virtual reality.
Black hole simulation of Sgr A* in virtual reality. Credits: J. Davelaar, T. Bronzwaer, D. Kok, Z. Younsi, M. Moscibrodzka, H. Falcke.

At the centre of our own galaxy there is a black hole, called Sagittarius A*. In anticipation of the first actual photograph of a black hole, an international project that also involves astronomers of Radboud University, Jordy Davelaar and colleagues have built a virtual reality (VR) simulation of the phenomenon. The VR simulation was published in the journal Computation Astrophysics and Cosmology on November 19th.

You can find the simulation on Youtube and find out more about it in the press release issued by Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands -- one of the stakeholder institutions of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. Learn more about the vizualization process in the SpringerOpen blog "Black holes in virtual reality" wirtten by the lead author of the study and graduate student at Radboud University, Jordy Davelaar. 

Find the original publication here:  Jordy Davelaar, Thomas Bronzwaer, Daniel Kok, Ziri Younsi, Monika Moscibrodzka and Heino Falcke: Observing Supermassive Black Holes In Virtual Reality, Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology, DOI: 10.1186/s40668-018-0023-7

See also: 2017