This is SS 433, a microquasar located about 18,000 light-years away in the constellation Aquila. This image at submillimeter wavelengths is special because it shows the jets emitted by a hot, swirling disc of material around the black hole at SS 433’s center. The jets’ corkscrew shapes are created by a phenomenon known as precession. The two jets are slowly wobbling about their spin axes in the same manner as a spinning top as it slows down. The corkscrew is enormous—5000 times the size of the Solar System.
Image Credit: ESO
This video explores magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the environment around the black hole at the heart of M87.
Video Credit: Weih / Fromm / Younsi / Rezzolla
A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope. The black hole at the center of galaxy M87 is outlined in the image by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of the strong gravity near the event horizon.
Image Credit: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.