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Black hole
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Simulated view of a black hole (center) in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Note the gravitational lensing effect, which produces two enlarged but highly distorted views of the Cloud. Across the top, the Milky Way disk appears distorted into an arc.
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A black hole is a region of spacetime from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.

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[1] The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass will deform spacetime to form a black hole.

Around a black hole there is a mathematically defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return. It is called “black” because it absorbs all the light that hits the horizon, reflecting nothing, just like a perfect.

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