Black Hole Nine Times Longer Than The Sun Is Pulling In Space And Time


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Jessie Wade

Astronomers have noted a black hole, known as the Cygni V404, 8,000 light years away, which is pulling space for itself, according to a new study published by Nature and published by CNN.

The black hole is nine times larger than the sun, and its jets of plasma clouds – which are normal to get out of the black hole poles – are firing in several directions at completely different rates, which is unusual.

"This is one of the most extraordinary black hole systems I have ever seen," said lead study author and associate professor of the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research at Curtin University, James Miller-Jones, in a statement.

"Like many black holes, it is feeding on a nearby star, pulling the gas away from the star and forming a disk of material that circles the black hole and spirals toward it under gravity," he continued. "What's different about the V404 Cygni is that we think the material disc and the black hole are misaligned. This seems to be causing the inner part of the disc to rock like a top and shoot in different directions as it changes direction."

The gravitational pull of the black hole is so intense that it generally pulls space and time into itself, which is known as frame trapping.

"This is the only mechanism we can think of that can explain the rapid precession we see in V404 Cygni," said Miller-Jones. "You can think of it as the oscillation of a spinning top while it diminishes, but in this case, the oscillation is caused by Einstein's general theory of relativity."

Avengers: Endgame Chris Evans posted the news of the study of the black hole on Twitter, where he shared his astonishment for the vastness of the universe.

A recent finding last December shed new light on our knowledge of black holes when an astronomer saw gusts of wind blowing from a supermassive black hole 228,000 light-years away from its surrounding galaxy.

For more news on Space, check out the gamma ray constellations that NASA named after the Marvel Avengers, Doctor Who's TARDIS, and more.

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Jessie Wade is a journalist at IGN and is fascinated by the universe. Talk to her on Twitter about astronomy @jessieannwade.


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