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Figure 2. The apparent shadow shapes of different black holes as seen by a distant observer, if the black hole is apparently in front of a source of illumination with an angular size larger than that of the black hole. Proceeding each row of the matrix means increasing charge Q, going down each column yields increasing angular momentum a. The southwest to northeast diagonal represents the extreme cases a^{2} + Q^{2}=M^{2}. Below this diagonal we have the cases a^{2}+Q^{2}>M^{2} which do not satisfy the cosmic censorship hypothesis, i.e. where there does not exist an event horizon and a naked singularity is present. Moreover, there are no direct circular photon orbits, only retrograde null geodesics may be circular. in this way the asymptotic observer does not see a closed black area but merely a bright open arc. We notice that increasing angular momentum at constant charge augments the area of the apparent black shape, whereas increasing absolute value of charge at constant angular momentum diminishes it. back 