NASA'S CONCEPTUAL IMAGE LAB / GSFC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA'S CONCEPTUAL IMAGE LAB / GSFC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Black hole X-ray flares, illustration. The glowing material and radiation around this massive black hole are the result of a star approaching too close. The star has been torn apart by tidal forces, and the stellar material has formed into a smooth, hot disk (centre) glowing brightly in X-rays. As the disk forms, its central region heats up tremendously, which drives a flow of material, called a wind (blue areas), away from the disk. Relativistic jets moving at high speeds are also produced. This X-ray flaring can last for a few years after a star is destroyed by a black hole. This illustration is based on the observations of tidal disruption event ASASSN-14li in 2014. The event occurred in galaxy PGC 043234, around 290 million light years from Earth, in the constellation of Coma Berenices. This image was published in 2015.
Model release not required. Property release not required.