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A Black Hole Swallowing a Star Looks How Hallucinating Feels

Published On 10/22/2015 Published On 10/22/2015
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Alright, so not exactly, but it's out there. The always-enigmatic black hole is captured here in an animation created by NASA, in all its raw, interstellar majesty -- sucking up and shredding a star whole, set to the backdrop of a decidedly sweeping orchestral score.

What does this mean for you, personally?

Depending on your predilection for recreational, self-administrated "medicine," it may just be an ideal pocket of the Internet to drool over while stirring up hazy memories of the old iTunes equalizer from your dorm room, circa '07. Or, if you are the kind of person to succumb to crushing existential self-examination, it could leave you questioning our terrifyingly insignificant place in the vastness of this universe, what it actually means to exist as a being made of microscopic bits of exploding stars from millions of years ago, standing atop a floating orb of rock and water, hurtling and spinning throughout the universe, seemingly without any rhyme or reason, with the distinct understanding that eventually everyone we know will some day die. 

But, since it's a work day, you probably fall somewhere squarely in the middle. And that's just fine.

Sometimes, it's best not to think too hard about things. 


Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. His head hurts now. Follow him @wilfulton

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