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Posted by David Tate/">David Tate on February 6, 1998 18:26:29 UTC

: okee.. i have a question.. it may be stupid but it is an : ongoing conversation with my roommate. : If one could detect a black hole would it appear darker : than the black of space? : since there is NO light being reflected at all in the : area in the detected black hole i would think that : nothing could be seen and the total absence of visible : light would cause it to appear darker : this is all based on the fact that the hole had been : detected because there is a cloud of gas around it that : is in the process of being sucked in : pls respond! :) : thank you!

Well teh answer is "no". Black is not actually a color it is the absence of color. If you stuch your head inside a box that sealed out all the "light", that would be what a black hole looks like. Remember also we can only "see" visible light. there is lods of light outside the visible spectrum that we can not see with our eyes. Also remember that you may have sources shining between the black hole and your eyes. ie you can see the stars between you and the black hole which may make that part of the sky look fairly "light".


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