NASA Discovers Huge Rings Surrounding a Black Hole

NASA Discovers Huge Rings Surrounding a Black Hole
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Who would have thought that black holes can become even more intriguing than they already are? Except for defying many laws of physics, such a cosmic beast from the V404 Cygni binary system amazes astronomers even more. Thanks to the Chandra X-ray Observatory of NASA and the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, images were captured of the black hole featuring a set of rings surrounding it.

The incredible news is brought by Phys.org. The binary system containing the black hole is located 7,800 light-years away from Earth. The black hole is sucking away matter from a nearby star and moving it into a disk. The material glows in X-rays.

A burst of X-rays created high-energy rings from the light echoes phenomenon. Once we understand the explanation, the phenomenon doesn’t seem so mysterious after all.

Black holes remain a significant conundrum

Oddly enough, no astronomer, astrophysicist, or scientist, in general, knows for sure what happens with all the matter engulfed by a black hole. Some believe that it’s being transported to another region of the Universe. Some say that it could even be transported to another Universe. Another theory is that a black hole can even act as a time machine for what falls in it.

However, judging by what astronomers know by now about black holes, chances are low that anything could be able to survive landing into the event horizon. Perhaps you’ve also been fascinated by the scenario from the Interstellar movie from 2013, where the main character manages to travel back in time after falling into a black hole. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist, said it firmly that such a scenario is very unlikely to happen in reality.

Otherwise, black holes are still extremely important in nature. Astronomers believe that there’s a supermassive black hole located at the centre of any galaxy.


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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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