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This is why you don't want to live anywhere near a black hole, or any other kind of old, dense star.

You'd have more and more time to do what you like the closer you get to the event horizon and you would have something beautiful to look at, but your planet wouldn't last much longer, unfortunately.

    

COMPOSITION: Entirely composed and painted in PS (except for the asteroids which I created in Lightwave using particles and hypervoxels) over the course of roughly one and half days.

ORIGINAL SIZE: 22x9 in. 143 layers.
    

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Thank you to TreeClimber for inspiring me. :cuddle:
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RainScream Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This work is amazing! I love the high contrast between the dark edges and the bright middle. And, the colors really work together! Keep up the good work!
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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RainScream Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
 That idea of time dilation sounds pretty hellish to me. Assuming the planet you are on (that looks like our planet Earth) was not warped to hell or the atmosphere stripped in an instant or some such it would be a slow, horrific vision. I imagine seeing the end of our world in ultra slow motion.
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overseer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   Digital Artist
Well, that's the thing; quantum physics can only theorize about that from what little we know. Based on that, being caught in a time dilation and close or in the event horizon of a black hole, wouldn't really make you notice anything. There are several theories, none of them suree. If you were the observer, you would see everything at a stand still. They actually did a really great Stargate SG-1 episode when one of the teams was caught on a planet close to a black hole and what the effects were.

Ultimately the image I did wasn't necessarily accurate, more of a science-fiction based theme. It wasn't meant to be Earth, but if it were, and the black hole were our sun, then nothing would change, except Earth would be cold. Our sun would not increase it's gravitational pull if it turned into a black hole, but it would also not lose any mass. It would be very condensed, but unless you actually came close to it, nothing would happen to you.

Interestingly enough, you're in a time dilation field as soon as you ride an elevator up to the top floor of a very tall building. Clocks on the upper floors will be slightly faster due to reduced gravity. We just wouldn't notice it, because it's a very, very small value. To the same tune, satellite clocks are slowed by their orbital speed but sped up by their distance out of the Earth's gravitational well, and have to be adjusted so our GPS systems on Earth aren't messed up. Gravity, space and time are certainly one of the most interesting, and difficult to understand concepts in nature; especially because our perception of time is not necessarily constant.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful and fascinating image.

I gave your statement "You'd have more and more time to do what you like the closer you get to the event horizon" some thought though and I actually doubt that's true. I would think time affects all matter including the speed of your neurons, so effectively you would be acting slower rather than live in a slower world. I might be wrong though. But before such an effect would take place I think the atmosphere is taken away from the planet so you would suffocate before any funny business would show up. Still, it would be a spectacular sight in those last moments.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Well, it's a relative statement; literally. ;)

It is believed in quantum physics that the higher the gravity gets, especially around a black hole, and the closer you get to it, that even time will eventually slow down. It's time dilation. Obviously it all depends from which point of view you're describing a phenomenon. I didn't mean the statement entirely seriously though, rather more in funny context.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I understand, but I think it's a misconception that you would have more time to observe it all. Of course from an outsider it would look like an object falling in takes an awful lot of time. I believe at the event horizon the object would even come to a standstill and gradually become fainter instead of actually moving.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
We wouldn't really know for sure until we'd experience it; and if we did, whoever it happened to wouldn't be able to tell. So, it's all theory. Who knows for sure?
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I guess indeed we would need observational data, however as far as black holes are understood I have more trust in what the (theoretical) physicists think will happen than my own speculations. You're right though. I can imagine no one knows for sure.

I wonder if we manage to make a warp drive if it would be possible to send a camera into a black hole. Not that it would last beyond the event horizon but at least we could see what happens on the way to that area.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
You'd have to protect that camera from such an intense gravitational field and energy expulsion that I very much doubt that would be possible. Plus, again with the time dilation. Any signals sent back would never leave the event horizon.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's why I say it couldn't pass the even horizon. I suppose an ultra strong camera could potentially come near the Schwarzschild radius though.
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great work...
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
most welcome!
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ThE-WiTcHeR-99 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!! Awesome use of color :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Caznir Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing O:
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Glad you think so, thanks.
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JULIAWA Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great !!!
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Silvaze777 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Either a Black Hole is going on, or a DBZ character is pissed. Either way, this is really awesome.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   Digital Artist
haha, DBZ... I hadn't thought of that. But no, it is suppose to be a black hole. Not that I've been near one recently... :confused: ;)
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LIES! You've been near a black hole recently :stinkeye:
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Digital Artist
*looks in the mirror*..... perhaps. :P
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
-__- I meant elsewhere...not on YOUR body :p
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Digital Artist
I didn't say ON my body. :P
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Fantastic!!
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you muchly!
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Sure thing!!
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