Cygnus X-1 black hole, illustration

Cygnus X-1 black hole, illustration

C038/9800 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 100.2MB

Downloadable file size: 4.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cygnus X-1 black hole, illustration. Cygnus X-1 is located near large active regions of star formation in the Milky Way. This illustration depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system. Cygnus X-1 is a so-called stellar-mass black hole, a class of black holes that comes from the collapse of a massive star. The black hole (left) pulls material from a massive, blue companion star (right) toward it. This material forms a disk (red and orange) that rotates around the black hole before falling into it or being redirected away from the black hole in the form of powerful jets. Cygnus X-1 is around 6000 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Cygnus. Image published in 2011.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 2011, accreting, accretion disc, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, black hole, blue giant, cygnus, cygnus x-1, glow, glowing, heating, illustration, jet, no-one, nobody, physical, physics, radiating, radiation, relativistic jets, space, stellar evolution, stellar-mass black hole, supergiant star, universe, x-ray binary

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.