Last March a NASA instrument on the International Space Station identified a black hole, about 10,000 light years away from Earth, in the process of devouring a star.
What happened next was strange, even by the standards of superdense celestial objects from which not even light can escape: the black hole began to shrink.
Honey, I Shrunk The Black Holes
According to a blog post by MIT on the find, which was described in a recent article in the journal Nature the size of the crown of the black hole – this is the ring of particles surrounding his mouth – turned into a ghost of his former self.
It began with the length of roughly Massachusetts, according to MIT, and ended about ten kilometers ̵
Jack Steiner, a researcher at the Kavli Institute of MIT for Astrophysics and Space Research, told the MIT blogger that observation is an important discovery in the nascent study of black holes.
"This is the first time we've seen this kind of evidence that is the crown that shrinks during this particular phase of evolution of the outburst," Steiner said. "The crown is still quite mysterious, and we still have a deep understanding of what it is, but now we have proof that the thing that is evolving in the system is the structure of the crown itself."
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