Huge black hole wakes up ravenous after decades of slumber

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A huge black hole in deep space is stirring after 26 years of slumber

The black hole, which is part of a system called V404 Cygni, is chowing down on its companion star about 8,000 light-years from Earth. It has been more than 20 years since scientists have seen this kind of extreme activity from these particular bodies in deep space.

In V404 Cygni, the black hole and star that is half as massive as the sun circle one another, while material from the star sloughs off and orbits the black hole, forming a disk around it. As the disk heats up, it starts to shine, and eventually the falling material gets gobbled up by the black hole Read more…

More about Astronomy, Us World, Us, Black Holes, and European Space Agency

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