• The Star Staff

Watch this black hole blow bubbles

By Dennis Overbye

In another example of casual cosmic malevolence, astronomers published a movie last month of what they said was a black hole shooting blobs of electrified gas and energy into space at almost the speed of light.

From a distance — quite a distance, of some 10,000 light-years — the black hole looked like a cosmic pop gun, propelling puffs of light across the sky. Up close... well, you wouldn’t want to be up close, as clouds of sterilizing radiation 1 trillion miles wide swept by in a near flash.

The movie was compiled from optical, X-ray and radio observations of a troubled star named MAXI J182+070, located in the constellation Ophiuchus, by a group of researchers led by Mathilde Espinasse of the University of Paris. They published a report on this distant oblivion on May 29 to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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