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Dec
10
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: Hopefully :)
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
Yeah anyway my point is that I'm not aware of any of this being new or surprising especially to a scientist of Thorne's calibre. There's obviously something I'm missing otherwise he wouldn't have written paragraphs in a book about it, but I can't see how the way the black hole looks, as told in the quoted story, could possibly be it!
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: You're focusing on the black, which is backwards. The black "thing" is not a thing but is the space between the visible portion of the accretion disk (after lensing); if you track the lines of the accretion disk with your eyes instead it may be easier to spot.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: shrug It looks like quite a big difference to my eyes!
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: Have a flatter side and a rounder side making it not look like a circle. Just look at the image; it's pretty clear.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: It does. :)
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
He's talking about the black gap that apparently exists between the sources of warped light, from your perspective, and the fact that the warped light appears to come from higher on the top than lower on the bottom. Is that what you're referring to? It's not "orthgonal" to the accretion disk particularly because it's an effect only visible by observing the accretion disk through the gravitational lens.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: And yet it's still neither an egg nor an apple. The illusion you see is the accretion disk. The black hole is a singularity.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: No, without that it is invisible. You cannot "see" a black hole, only its effects (including Hawking radiation; well, if you could "see" Hawking radiation)
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@Napoleon: Did you mean "wormhole"? The black hole didn't look like an egg, apple or sphere (neither is there any reason for it to).
Dec
9
comment How did Jack Sparrow end up making a deal with Davy Jones?
@CGCampbell: I prefer to have a nice conversation explaining the problem with the individual involved, rather than crying to moderators about it and "dobbing people in".
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@Caleb: I don't see anything about light being "trapped" for "several orbits". This is just bog-standard lensing.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
I'm really, really confused as to why Thorne — a noted astrophysicist — was in any way shocked or surprised by this; gravitational lensing has been a known quantity for decades. It's used on a practical basis every single day for making various astrophysical measurements from the images collected by telescopes. It's not even that "weird" when you think about it.
Dec
9
comment How did Jack Sparrow end up making a deal with Davy Jones?
@CrescentMoon: That's great! Perhaps just be aware of how messages can come across on the internet without people knowing you personally. :)
Dec
9
comment Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?
It's more relevant that it was one of the most common surnames in England and its colonies at that time. I mean, the US didn't even exist yet...
Dec
9
comment How did Jack Sparrow end up making a deal with Davy Jones?
@CrescentMoon: Still, just leaving a comment that says "That's it?" and stating that you expected better comes across as rude to me!
Dec
9
comment How did Jack Sparrow end up making a deal with Davy Jones?
@CrescentMoon: That's quite rude.
Nov
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
22
comment How did the watch do what it did?
Not really, no.
Nov
22
comment How did the watch do what it did?
I don't see why everyone's fixating on the axis. Gravity isn't bound to one direction in space. Heck, travel a few countries along the globe and even the Earth's gravity is entirely perpendicular to what it was at your point of origin. I guess you're all assuming that Coop manipulated Earth's gravity rather than sending unrelated gravity waves... but there's no evidence of such a restriction.