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Animation showing what the MCG-6-30-15 black hole system may be like

Animation showing what the MCG-6-30-15 black hole system may be like

Date: 22 October 2001
Copyright: Courtesy of NASA/HONEYWELL MAX-Q digital group/Dana Berry

Black holes are extremely compact objects with gravitational fields so intense that nothing - not even light - can escape their attraction. Material in the vicinity of the black hole is drawn in, spiralling towards the centre, in the process forming a fast rotating accretion disc where friction causes the material to glow strongly in X-rays.

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