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"Strange Rays" Crowd Sourced on Social Media Shed Light on Black Hole Illumination

19 Nov 2020, 15:10 UTC
NASA/ESA/A. Barth/J. Schmidt

Sparked by an image uploaded to Twitter, new research indicates that the light produced by black hole accretion may be bright enough to reflect off of dust, illuminating the host galaxy, and creating light and dark rays similar to the effect of crepuscular rays on Earth. The research is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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