Region around black-hole system GRO J1655-40 (ground-based image)
Stars that come too close to black holes of extremely dense stellar mass are doomed to be ripped apart by the tidal forces that the holes generate. In this context experts talk about ‘cosmic violence’ in which particles ‘fight for their cosmic lives’. The gravitational field of a black hole is so intense that no particle, not even light, can escape from it. Black holes are therefore the truly dark places in the universe (http://www.nasa.gov; http://chandra.harvard.edu).
In discussions on the phenomenon of genocide, which encompasses the annihilation of a people, it has been noted that those who deny genocide try to shove that history of victimisation down a black hole.
Coordinates: Position (RA):16 53 59.22 Position (Dec):-39° 51' 40.85" Field of view:206.32 x 246.91 arcminutes Orientation: North is -0.0° left of vertical Credit: Four-degree field is centred on the black-hole system GRO J1655-40. The image is from the Digitized Sky Survey II.