View Full Version : Matter Nears Light Speed Entering a Black Hole

2005-Sep-08, 08:09 PM
SUMMARY: Just before matter is gobbled up by a hungry black hole, it's hurtling around the monster at nearly the speed of light. This heats up the material and it can release a tremendous amount of energy as X-rays. Different elements release energy with a specific fingerprint that astronomers can detect. Researchers from Europe have measured iron as it hurtles around black holes and found a relativistic effect because it's moving so quickly. The team averaged out the X-ray light from 100 distant black holes to show the telltale signature of material about to be consumed by a black hole.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/matter_nears_light_speed.html)
What do you think about this story? post your comments below.