back to article Crazy old black hole's X-ray ultra-belch makes galaxy blush

A powerful blast of X-rays - equivalent to the energy emitted by a MILLION Suns - has been fired out of a black hole in the spiral galaxy M83, lighting up the space around it. A ULX in a spiral galaxy Credit: Left: ESO/VLT and NASA/CXC/Curtin University/R. Sorla. Right: NASA/STScl/Middlebury College/F. Winkler et al. Over …


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  1. Mr Young

    Very good

    If we could approach a black hole type thingy how much acceleration is possible?

    1. Norman Hartnell

      Re: Very good

      How spaghettified are you willing to get?

      1. Fibbles

        Re: Very good

        I need your banking details Norman, you owe me a new keyboard.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm ashamed to ask this...

    I must have missed this day at school - black holes are 'black' because electromagnetic waves are captured completely by them. Where do the x-rays come from? Just outside the black hole?

    1. Captain DaFt

      Re: I'm ashamed to ask this...

      Yep, as matter is spun furiously in orbit around the event horizon, due to the blackhole's intense gravity, it becomes energized, emitting x-rays.

      Kind of a naturally occurring particle accelerator.

  3. Silverburn

    A million times more powerful than our sun?

    mmm. Deadly.

  4. Ron 6

    Life in outer space?

    Not in this galaxy maybe...

    1. Yag

      Re: Life in outer space?

      Not in the immediate vicinity of this exuberant couple at least...

      Actually, this explain a bit why we're in a cozy outer arm of the galaxy instead of in a more central place... In the galactic center, a planet would be constantly sterilized due to the various partying neighbours.

  5. mhenriday

    Is «MILLION» more than, less than, or equal to

    «million» ? Or did the Reg editor simply get his finger stuck on the caps-lock key ?...


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