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Black hole shock: NASA snaps a spontaneous outburst of radiation 30,000 light-years away

Black hole shock: NASA snaps a spontaneous outburst of radiation 30,000 light-years away 1

The flaring black hole turned out to be a so-called X-ray binary in the constellation Columba.

X-ray binaries are a class of star or black hole that produce bright flares of X-ray radiation.

In this particular case, the black hole was only discovered a week earlier by Japan’s MAXI telescope.

The X-ray outburst was then identified a few days later by NASA’s Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) telescope.

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Both the NICER and MAXI telescopes are mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) 250 miles above Earth.

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