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Black holes leak energy when they eat plasma near the event horizon

8 Jan 2021, 16:38 UTC
Black holes leak energy when they eat plasma near the event horizon XMM-Newton, ESA, NASA

Black holes could be a cosmological engine. When their magnetic fields disconnect and reconnect, they can accelerate plasma particles near the event horizon – the point beyond which nothing can escape a black hole’s gravitational pull. The finding could allow astronomers to better estimate the mass and spin of black holes.

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