X-ray binary system, artwork

X-ray binary system, artwork

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Credit: RICHARD BIZLEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: X-ray binary system, artwork. X-ray binary star system, artwork. Material is being gravitationally drawn from a red giant star (upper left) by a black hole (lower right). The material has formed an accretion disc (blue) around the black hole. Extreme rotation speeds in the disc generate temperatures high enough for the emission of X-rays. Two polar radiation jets are seen emerging from the area around the black hole. A black hole is an object that forms when a massive star exhausts its fuel. Its core collapses under gravity to a diameter of a few kilometres.

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Keywords: accreting, accretion disc, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, binary star system, black hole, collapsed stellar core, dead star, gravitational, gravity, high energy, illustration, polar jet, polar jets, powerful, radiating, radiation, red giant, remnant stellar core, singularity, space, stellar evolution, universe, x-ray binary, x-rays, xray

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