Best of the Web // Stella Newman

Best of the Web // Stella Newman

This image simulating a subatomic atom escaping a black hole is particularly intriguing for many reasons. One of which being the theoretical situation that nothing should be able to escape a black hole, and how if anything were to ever escape this is a visual representation of how it would look. The  aesthetics of this image are also something to be fascinated by, considering the sharp contrast between dark and light where the atom is exploding out of the black hole creating a bright light stream which slowly fades along the horizon. Scientifically, the jet of light we see being propelled from the black hole is known as a relativistic jet which is an extremely powerful stream of particles thrusted by the black hole’s gravitational force, so powerful it is actually emitting light. The flow of the current is visually pleasing in contrast with the parabolic solid dark hole making the science of the plasma visually and mentally compelling. The supercomputer simulated image beautifully portrays theory of rotating black holes in a realistic and artistic way.

image credit: Kyle Parfrey

Kyle Parfrey et al./Berkeley Lab

citation: Roberts , Glenn. “How to Escape a Black Hole: New Clues About Plasma Jets.” Berkeley Lab, 25 Jan. 2019,

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  • Chris Lehr
    Sep 21, 2020 12:08

    This is my number one vote because I simply find the subject to be incredible but also this is an impeccable show of flow vis and I think that the aesthetic is beautiful as well.

  • John Shanley
    Sep 18, 2020 12:53

    This is my second place vote. The fluid visual and the color scheme complement each other very well.

  • Victoria Rios
    Sep 16, 2020 23:52

    I love this picture and the theory behind it, black holes are something that are so enigmatic and curious to me. This is my 1st place choice

  • Rae Rodriguez
    Sep 16, 2020 10:58

    2nd place vote: Even though this is a supercomputer simulated created image, I thoroughly enjoy the aesthetic that contains so much science. The balance of this image is great due to the geometry and colors. I enjoy how your eyes follows the flow of the atom exploding out of the black hole. This is a lovely example where art and science comes together!

  • Hannah Newton
    Sep 15, 2020 16:39

    This is my number three for best of web. It is remarkable that a photo was taken of this rare phenomenon. The photo is also quite beautiful.


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