The mysteries of the black hole continue to baffle us despite intensive space exploration. In a new video, NASA has attempted to explain the wonders of this frightening phenomenon. The “bright echoes” of the black hole were converted into sound by the US space agency on Friday.
The space agency took to Instagram to share the video. “Black holes are notorious for not letting out light (such as radio, visible, and X-rays). However, surrounding material can produce intense bursts of electromagnetic radiation. Outside, these busts of light can bounce off clouds of gas and dust in space, like the way light beams from a car’s headlight scatter off fog,” they said. written in the caption.
In the video, the red circular bands are surrounded by a starry background. The blue bands highlight the inner and lower parts of the black hole system. “During sonication, the cursor moves outward from the center of the image in a circle. Passing through the light echoes detected in X-rays (seen as concentric rings in blue by Chandra and red by Swift in image), there are tick-like sounds and volume changes to indicate x-ray detection and changes in brightness,” the caption reads further.
Watch the video here:
According to NASA, the black hole in the video is about 7,800 light-years from Earth. The black hole has a mass between five and ten times that of the Sun, and it draws material from a companion star orbiting it, which is “channeled into a disk that encircles the stellar-mass black hole,” according to Researchers. . V404 Cygni is a system that contains a black hole. A new sonification converts the “bright echoes” of the V404 Cygni black hole into sound.
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“NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory imaged the X-ray echoes around V404 Cygni,” the space agency added. Astronomers can calculate when these flares occurred because they know how fast light travels and have determined an accurate distance from this system. This data, along with other information, helps astronomers learn more about dust clouds, such as their composition and distances.
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