Size Matters Not for Black Hole. Consumes Nearby Star Faster Than Thought Possible

October 10, 2014 12:29 AM

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Size Matters Not for Black Hole. Consumes Nearby Star Faster Than Thought Possible

About 12 million light years from us is a black hole making a huge impact on a nearby star. The black hole, known as P13, is gobbling up the “weight equivalent to 100 billion hot dogs every minute.” Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest better start getting the hot dogs together.

As gas from the nearby star fell towards the black hole, it brightens. Astronomers, including Dr. Roberto Soria, assumed the brightness was directly related to the size of the black hole.

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