What Does a Black Hole Look Like? NASA Took a Pic!

What Does a Black Hole Look Like?  NASA Took a Pic!
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POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:13am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:20am

Beam me up, Scotty, I thought they were kidding about "black holes."  Not true.  They are real, and NASA has taken a picture of one.

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) got lucky.  A black hole named Markarian 335 is about 324 million light-years from Earth is so massive (it has the mass of around 10 million of our suns packed into a space only 30 times as big as our sun) that its gravity actually pulls and bends light as the light gets near it.  NASA got lucky because a patch of X-Rays was photographed being sucked into the black hole!   This blurred and stretched the X-rays, allowing NASA to shine a spotlight on what was going on around the black hole.

In an article by Andrew Griffin, "NASA Gets a Rare Glimpse of a Black Hole," he writes:  "Some of the light that falls into supermassive black holes is never seen again, but other high-energy light comes from the corona (of the black hole) and a disk of superheated material that surrounds it."

Wow!  Think about that!  A black hole is so massive and has such high gravity, it sucks in light!  But black holes also give off a higher energy form of light?  Amazing.

To read the complete article and see the actual photo of that black hole, please click here.. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/nasa-gets-a-rare-glimpse-of-a-black-hole-9674026.html

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