Black Holes, strange galactic paradoxes for whom creation is destruction, death life, chaos order, have been described as “the seductive dragons of the universe.” NASA astronomers have actually filmed a flare-up from one of these seductive dragons and its companion star that make up a system called MAXI J1820+070, located in our galaxy about 10,000 light years from Earth ejecting hot material that has escaped the “event horizon” into space at close to the speed of light. The event, with the northern jet is moving at 60% the speed of light, while the southern one is traveling at an impossible-sounding 160% of light speed, was captured in a new movie from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
“One of the unbreakable laws of physics is that nothing can move faster than the speed of light,” said Brad Snios with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics about results of new research of the iconic M87 black hole jet in radio, optical, and X-ray light. “We haven’t broken physics, but we have found an example of an amazing phenomenon called superluminal motion.”
“SS 433 is an unusual star system and each year something new has come out about it,” said Segev BenZvi, physicist at the University of Rochester. “This new observation of high-energy gamma rays builds on almost 40 years of measurements of one of the weirdest objects in the Milky Way. Every measurement gives us a different piece of the puzzle, and we hope to use our knowledge to learn about the quasar family as a whole.”