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X-rays Spot Spinning Black Holes Across Cosmic Sea

3 Jul 2019, 17:00 UTC
X-rays Spot Spinning Black Holes Across Cosmic Sea NASA/CXC/Univ. of Oklahoma/X. Dai et al

Like whirlpools in the ocean, spinning black holes in space create a swirling torrent around them. However, black holes do not create eddies of wind or water. Rather, they generate disks of gas and dust heated to hundreds of millions of degrees that glow in X-ray light.

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