Black hole is discovered pumping out jets of heavy metals at 440 MILLION mph
Date published: 25th November 2013
But this is the first time a black hole has been discovered to be pumping out heavier atoms, which are thought to be moving at two thirds the speed of light - or 440 million mph.
Black holes are sinks for matter and energy. They are so dense that not even light can escape from their clutches.
Matter flows from the star towards the black hole, circling in a disc around it with a temperature so high that it emits X-rays.
black hole can be a fussy eater: instead of swallowing all of the
material, it sometimes pushes a fraction of it away in the form of two
powerful jets of particles.
Because these jets release mass and energy into the surroundings, the black hole has less material to feed on.
Astronomers and physicists have long-known about this phenomena, but the exact mechanism behind it has been a mystery.
The latest observation could help scientists narrow down exactly where the jets form.
The European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space telescope snapped the black hole, dubbed 4U1630-47, producing jets of the material.To continue reading click here