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ESA’s XMM-Newton sees matter speed-racing around a black hole
- Title ESA’s XMM-Newton sees matter speed-racing around a black hole
- Released 10/01/2005 11:00 am
- Copyright NASA/Dana Berry, SkyWorks Digital
This animation depicts three hot chunks of matter orbiting a black hole.
If placed in our Solar System, this black hole would appear like a dark abyss spread out nearly as wide as Mercury's orbit. And the three chunks (each as large as the Sun) would be as far out as Jupiter. They orbit the black hole in a lightning-quick 30 000 kilometres per second, over a tenth of the speed of