Researchers used one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to better understand how jets of high energy plasma escapes the intense gravity of a black hole, which swallows everything else in its path—including light.
Before stars and other matter cross a black hole’s point of no return—a boundary known as the “event horizon”—and get consumed by the black hole, they get swept up in the black hole’s rotation. A question that has vexed physicists for decades was how some energy managed to escape the process and get channeled into streams of plasma that travel through space near the speed of light.
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