Two students/researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a black hole simulator of sorts. The simulation “takes into account the position of 118,000 stars, the distortion caused by the black hole’s gravitational lens, and even Fraunhofer diffraction, to present the most realistic shot possible.” Video after the break.

Even crazier, the simulation models how the stars would appear to change color as the Doppler effect took action on a viewer falling towards the singularity at nearly the speed of light.

[via Popsci]