A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing, not even light, can escape. Scientists have previously revealed how they spotted a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Andrea Ghez, an American astronomer and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA has been tracking the object ever since.
Amazon Prime’s “Secrets of the Universe” reveals how Dr Ghez and her team used telescopic images, alongside computer-generated technology, to produce a 3D simulation of the phenomenon 26,000 light-years away.
The 2015 series detailed: “This is the first time scientists have visualised inside a black hole.
“Their guide is Einstein and what his equations tell them.
“Space here is so warped, the black hole acts like a giant lens, twisting the light that scatters across it.
“At last we pass the event horizon – the point of no return.”
The simulation then fully emerges into the hole, in what looks like absolutely chaotic scenes.
The narrator continues: “But the inside of the black hole is not dark.
“Swirling within, is a maelstrom of energy and matter.
“Hidden in the chaos is a single point where the black hole’s mass is packed, known as the singularity.
“You are then greeted by a passageway – an escape hatch in space and time known as a wormhole.
“Through that, you enter a white hole.”
However, the programme goes on to reveal the true destructiveness of a black hole.
It concluded: “Instead of being pulled in, all matter and light is thrown out.
“A wormhole could give an entrance to another galaxy.
“But black holes are too violent for wormholes to actually form, let alone for humans to venture.”