Definition: Voxel


A voxel represents a value on a regular grid in three-dimensional space.


Basically, the 3D equivalent of the 2D pixel.


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Definition: Accretion Disk

Accretion Disk

The disk of stuff you see circling black holes in artist renderings like the one in the picture.

More formally..

An accretion disk is a structure (often a circumstellar disk) formed by diffuse material in orbital motion around a massive central body. The central body is typically a star. Friction causes orbiting material in the disk to spiral inward towards the central body.


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