X-ray Nova Flaring Black Hole animation

  • Released Friday, October 5, 2012
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An X-ray nova is a short-lived X-ray source that appears suddenly, reaches its emission peak in a few days and then fades out over a period of months. The outburst arises when a torrent of stored gas suddenly rushes toward one of the most compact objects known, either a neutron star or a black hole.


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This page was originally published on Friday, October 5, 2012.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:52 PM EDT.


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  • Flaring Black Hole (ID: 2012103)
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen (NASA)