Imagine the Universe!

XTE J1550-564
Movie (6 MB)

This animation begins with a view outside of Milky Way and then zooms in on one of the spiral arms to the double-star system XTE J1550-564, which contains a black hole and a normal Sun-like star. As gaseous material is pulled off the companion star onto the black hole, it forms a disk that is heated to millions of degrees. The animation then shows the ejection and evolution of the jets of high-energy particles.

Imagine the Universe is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Acting Project Leader: Dr. Barbara Mattson
All material on this site has been created and updated between 1997-2012.

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