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Gaze into the abyss with a palm sized, nanotube simulation of the Universe's strangest object. Absorbs 99.9% of visible light!
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Singularity is a simulated black hole. It's constructed from a nanotube array which absorbs 99.9% of light in the visible spectrum & beyond. It is quite literally, the blackest thing you can actually own.

Black holes are the strangest objects in the Universe. They consist of regions of space where matter has collapsed completely in on itself. These catastrophic events result in a huge amount of mass being concentrated in an incredibly small area. The gravitational pull of these regions is so great that nothing can escape – not even light.  

Scientists estimate that there are up to a billion black holes in our galaxy. The largest is called Sagittarius A* and is thought to be more than a billion times the size of our sun. Lying at very centre of our galaxy, it's existence (though long suspected) was only officially confirmed in November last year. 

"It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamt up by science fiction writers." - Stephen W. Hawking.

Whilst the occurrence of black holes was first predicted using Einstein's theory of relativity, It was Hawking that provided much needed insight into the mysteries surrounding these strange objects. The formula written above is the centrepiece of our understanding of black holes and one of Hawking's greatest achievements. It links thermodynamical quantities like entropy, represented by the capital S, to the physical properties of black holes (A= area). The remaining letters are universal constants; k is the Boltzmann constant, c is the speed of light, h-bar is the reduced Planck constant and G is the constant of universal gravitation.  



 The surface of each singularity is constructed from an inorganic nanotube array which absorbs almost all of the light that hits it. This class of materials have important spaceflight applications, particularly for the study of remote objects in the universe. The arrays collect and trap background light to prevent it from reflecting off surfaces and interfering with the ancient light that scientists actually want to measure. Because only the tiniest fraction of light reflects off the coating, the human eye and sensitive detectors see the material as an almost complete black, unlike anything seen in regular life.

I've been reading a lot about black holes the last year and it turns out they're kind of scary and kind of disturbing. The more I was learning, the more I became excited by the idea of how cool it would be to replicate one. Since I couldn't make an actual black hole (if you turned the Earth into one it would only be about 9mm across), I went for the next best thing. The effect is really impressive and must be seen to be fully appreciated. It can be difficult to tell whether the hole is 2D or 3D because there is little of the normal reflectance that would usually give a sense of depth. 

Risks and challenges

I've had prototypes made up already and the final Singularities will be made in the same way. I've allowed for some unexpected delay in my delivery timeline although I don't anticipate any issues.

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    The Singularity (Stellar)

    Gaze into the abyss with your very own simulated stellar black hole! Includes one 2.5cm singularity & one lucite display case.

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    The Singularity (Supermassive)

    Gaze into the abyss with your very own simulated supermassive black hole! Includes one 4cm singularity & one lucite acrylic display case.

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