Animation of Accretion Disk Around Black Hole

The animation, (0.5 MB), shows an accretion disc around a rotating black hole as seen by a distant observer. The observer's position is moved around the two poles. Note how the asymmetrical distortion of the image switches to the other side, depending on the relative direction of the rotation of the black hole to the line-of-sight of the observer.
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Reference: C.Kindl, Diploma Thesis (Radiation Fields of AGN-Accretion Disks), U Heidelberg (IWR) 1995

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Update 29 August 1995 Christoph Winkler