NASA’s video shows dance between black holes and their feeding stars

A new NASA animation shows some of the closest black holes to our galaxy, the Milky Way, along with the stars that feed them, and 22 X-ray binaries in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud.

According to a NASA statement accompanying the film, each pair represents a black hole in the center of an orange-red accretion disk, the star is depicted as a bluish- or yellowish-white sphere that adjusts to its size.

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A black hole is a place in space where gravity is so strong that light cannot escape. When a star goes supernova, it spews huge amounts of material into space before collapsing or collapsing in on itself, resulting in the formation of black holes. There are two methods by which the black hole of an X-ray binary could obtain energy from its star.

Scientists cannot directly examine black holes using telescopes because they do not produce light. As a result, objects falling into a black hole begin to heat up and glow in the X-ray spectrum. This visualization is based on x-rays taken from a patient.

Despite the fact that this image shows a wide array of black holes, these objects appear much larger than they actually are compared to their partner stars and accretion disk.

The viewing angles in the image represent how the systems can be seen from Earth, while the orbital velocity depicted is 22,000 times faster than observed.

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