The black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A *, is first seen in virtual reality. For details, see the article in the open access journal Computer astrophysics and cosmology.
The scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands, and Goethe University have used Sagittarius A *'s latest astrophysical models to create a series of images that we have put together to create a 360 degree virtual reality simulation of a black hole that can be widely accessed through available VR consoles. According to the authors, this simulation of virtual reality can be useful for studying black holes.
Jordy Davelaar, the right author, said: "Our virtual reality simulation is one of the most realistic views of the immediate vicinity of the black hole and helps us know more about how the black holes behave. It is impossible, such great visualization can help us to better understand these systems from where we are. "
The authors also suggest that the simulation of virtual reality can help stimulate the public, including children, for astrophysical interest.
Davelaar said, "The visualizations we have created provide great opportunities to show children the phenomenon of black holes and they have really learned something that suggests that visualizing immersive virtual reality is a great tool for a wider audience, even though if you are using complicated systems like black holes. "
Heino Falcke, professor at Radboud University adds, "We all have a picture of our black holes supposedly, but science is advanced and we can now make more accurate representations – and these black holes look completely different from what we we are These new visualizations are just the beginning and even in the future. "
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Jordy Davelaar et al., Observing super-massive black holes in virtual reality, Computer astrophysics and cosmology (2018). DOI: 10.1186 / s40668-018-0023-7