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A black hole's gravity is so strong that light can't escape. But every time I see a photo or an illustration there is something streaming in or out of it. How is this possible?

Dane Allen, Weston, Wisconsin
RELATED TOPICS: BLACK HOLES
Black holes
Black holes really are black. Many photos show bright black holes because matter is falling into the hole.

As the accreting matter approaches the event horizon, it gets accelerated to near light speed by the black hole’s gravitational pull.

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