Black hole

Black hole

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Credit: RUSSELL KIGHTLEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Black hole. Artwork of a binary system containing a normal star (left) and a black hole. Gas from the star spirals into the black hole, forming an orbiting disc (accretion disc, red). Gas in the inner disc (blue/white) reaches temperatures of millions of Kelvin, causing it to emit X-rays. The extreme gravitational conditions near the black hole accelerate jets of material (pale blue) to extremely high speeds.

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Keywords: accretion disc, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics, binary, black hole, companion, cosmology, emission, emitting, exotic, gas, jet, jets, matter, peculiar, science, spiral, spiralling, star, star death, stellar, sun, x-ray, x-rays, xray

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