Star Plays Dizzying Dance of Doom with Black Hole

Black holes are probably among the scariest things in the universe, with gravitational forces powerful enough to warp the fabric of spacetime itself. Red dwarfs, on the other hand, are amongst the smallest of stars, shining dimly in the darkness — not exactly the sort of pairing which you might expect to be make dancing partners.

All the same, that’s exactly the pairing you’ll find in a star system known as MAXI J1659-152. This system contains just such an odd couple, locked in a tight orbit where a red dwarf is speeding around it’s heavier companion at an astonishing two million kilometers per hour (1.2 million mph)! Read more.

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