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Auto Evolution: Black Hole Conveniently Warps Spacetime Into a Football on the Eve of Super Bowl LVIII

February 9, 2024 — 

“A spinning black hole is like a rocket on the launch pad,” said in a statement Biny Sebastian, a co-author of the research from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. “Once material gets close enough, it’s like someone has fueled the rocket and hit the ‘launch’ button.”

If that happens astronomers expect the spin of the black hole to generate more powerful outflows. They are spectacular, true, but they may seem too far away (after all, 26,000 light-years is a distance impossible to comprehend) to have an effect on us.

Astronomers however say that if Sagittarius A starts generating huge collimated jets, the gas supply for the entire galaxy could be impacted. That, in turn, will affect how fast new stars are formed or, in extreme cases, might even prevent new ones from being born.

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