Pink Black Holes: Home Page

[Mt Stromlo Observatory] [Department of Physics]

This page contains pictures and text to accompany the press release entitled "some black holes are pink", which was presented as part of the Fresh Science event, ScienceNow! 1999.

  • Press Release Text
  • Background Information
  • A personal account of how the discovery was made.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Technical Information for Astronomers

    Fresh Science Award

    I was jointly awarded the 1999 Fresh Science prize for my presentation of this work: click here for details.


    I first show colour pictures of the pink black holes (and of some blue and yellow ones for comparison. I then include a couple of pictures of me.

    The following pictures are true-color: ie. they are what the human eye would see were it one thousand million times more sensitive. Unfortunately, the pink colour is quite subtle and doesn't always come out when printing these pictures. If you are having this trouble, I've included pictures below with stretched colour maps, to emphasise the colours: these should print better.

    Last updated 6th August 2003
    Maintainer: Paul Francis,