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Lord of the rings: Eight concentric rings detected around black hole

06/08/2021 03:05 PM | Click to read full article

Days after astronomers detected light behind a black hole, a new discovery is shedding more insights into these biggest villains of the universe. Telescopes have now captured a spectacular set of rings around a black hole, which is actively pulling material away from a companion star— about about half the mass of the Sun.

The rings were observed using Nasa's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory around a black hole.