NASA Captures Photo of a Black Hole Surrounded By Rings

NASA Captures Photo of a Black Hole Surrounded By Rings
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Who said that only planets from our Solar System, such as Saturn, Jupiter, or Uranus, are allowed to have rings? It seems that the same thing can be applied to black holes as well, those elusive cosmic objects that astronomers still have trouble understanding how they work. 

According to BGR, NASA has used the Chandra X-ray Observatory to capture a new photo of a black hole located roughly 7.800 light-years away from Earth and that’s surrounded by rings. V404 Cygni is the binary system where the black hole is located. The rings belong to material from the companion star of the black hole, and X-ray images were used to have a better look at the rings.

We were so glad to find out in late June that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will offer extra emphasis on the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A that’s located at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. James Webb will be teaming up with the Event Horizon Telescope in order to study the supermassive black hole in more detail.

The core of our galaxy is also the region where most of the stars exist, and that should be an extra reason to study the area. Who knows what astronomers might be able to find?

There are countless black holes out there in the Milky Way galaxy, not to mention in the entire Universe! Some astronomers even estimate that there are as many black holes as stars, so one thing’s for sure: scientists will never run out of homework! A black hole is a lot more difficult to spot than a star, and you have already guessed one of the reasons. Black holes don’t emit light; instead, they absorb it as soon as it gets too close.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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