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Black holes: why they matter

NASA’s James Webb Telescope has captured this stunning image of stars around a black hole. Yet black holes remain among the biggest mysteries of the universe. What are they and why are they so important?

Thumbnail image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

00:00 - The mystery of black holes
00:39 - What is a black hole?
01:54 - What are the different types of black holes?
03:12 - Can anything escape a black hole?
04:52 - How do scientists detect black holes?
06:27 - How did scientists create a real image of a black hole?
07:35 - Why black holes appear to defy physics
08:57 - Why are black holes important?

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