Reply to post: Re: Explanation request

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole


Re: Explanation request

Well I, for one, don't imagine everything spins the same way on the same plane!

One news source said it span clockwise (as if that means anything).

Other sources seem to think we are looking straight down on (or up to) the accretion disk.

I am assuming the axis of rotation is 11 o'clock to 5 o'clock on the image and the "equator" of the black hole event horizon (if there is such a thing) is tipped towards us. This would make the black hole spin anti-clockwise seen from the top of the image. Furthermore, the central hole doesn't look that circular to me, 2 o'clock round to 8 o'clock looks more elliptical. I think this means it is the edge of the inside of the accretion disk?

How about it, astro-boffins?

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