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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has caught a whiff of the fastest ever wind blowing from the gases around a stellar-mass black hole. High speed winds from a stellar-mass black hole Illustration of high-speed winds from the stellar-mass black hole. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss The wind, which is moving at an awesome 20 million …

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Joke

...winds from a black hole... hot gas...

Space flatulence?

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Re: ...winds from a black hole... hot gas...

I wonder if NASA releases some of these bulletins just to see what kind of "butt" joke El Reg will come up with? Did El Reg poach all of the headline writers from Viz?

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Holiday resort!

Sounds like an excellent holiday resort for politicians and certain Denialgate climate scientists.

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Re: Holiday resort!

Don't forget the management consultants and marketing specialists! ;)

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Re: Re: Holiday resort!

We could make a special ship for their holiday. How about we call it the "B Ark"?

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@annodomini2 -- Re: Re: Holiday resort!

Sorry, I had a bad mental lapse (it's late here).

;-)

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Re: Holiday resort!

Don't forget the ID'ers and Creationists.

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Anonymous Coward

strong winds..

Sounds like that's where they should build a wind farm..

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Happy

Are you local?

"...is found in the bulge of the Milky Way galaxy,.."

(Just wondering if the author is a recent immigrant.)

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Anal fixation

In the last week or so there is a definate "anal" trend in the titles. Is there something going on at ElReg that we don't know about or maybe don't want to know about..

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Re: Anal fixation

And a tendency to illustrate anything with "hard" in the title with a buxom lass, not that I'm complaining, it's just that to a casual observer the home page of the reg can look like the adult classified ads some days.

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There's been a definate increase of the fnarr factor of el regs headlines and subheadlines of late.

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Trollface

A great crap hole...!

Can we chuck Facebook and Zuckerburg into it?

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Space FARTS

Flung

Away

Really

Titanically

Swiftly

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Mushroom

A better sub-heading..

"Flatulence in SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCE!!!"

Could have at least tried...

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Re: A better sub-heading..

Good, but "Faarts in Spaaaaaaaaaaace" scans closer to the Muppet version!

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Must have been an oversight

I didn't see the word "boffin" appear anywhere in this article. The reg must have run out. Finally!

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Subtitles....

Boffins Blown away by Belching Black-hole

(flame icon for obvious reasons!)

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Let's go...

and check this baby out. We'll just jump in the Space Shuttle and...wait...there is no more Space Shuttle, thanks to President O'Bumma. Sorry guys, the extreme wind surfing will have to wait.

Obama - proof that Americans CAN be as stupid as the French think Americans are.

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Re: Let's go...

You do know what "low earth orbit" means, right, kook?

And you do know that King Shrub did nothing to help the space program, right, kook?

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WTF?

Space is big- really big.

Even bigger than Texas.

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'Black' holes... Does high school physics say they shouldn't be black?

Er... I know everyone keeps drawing black holes as a little black orb sitting in a swirling disc, but doesn't basic high-school physics tell you that's bunk?

The BH will severely bend light from behind the event horizon, so there will be no black sphere to silhouette against the accretion disc, right?

If the BH is spinning the light from behind is getting frame-dragged, so it would look swirled - if anything it would look like a dull chrome sphere, right?

Matter circling the hole in the accretion disc is hot enough to emit x-rays, so it would likely be blindingly bright, obscuring the event horizon, right?

Said blindingly bright matter falling into the event horizon will red-shift as it accelerates, so if anything, the event horizon should appear red, right? OK, theoretically black as velocity approaches c, but red will be the 'last light' we see - by definition the 'black' (no light) will already be INSIDE the event horizon, yes?

From all of that, we can surmise that a black hole looks like a reddish-coppery-mildly-reflective sphere sitting in a blazing bright ring, with eye-watering bright red swirly patterns close to the hole. The part of the event horizon facing directly at you might be close to black, which would give it a weird reverse-anisotropic look - I guess there would be some strange diffraction produced by whirling masses near light-speed. It would NOT be a simple black orb.

My high school physics runs out there, can a friendly wandering physicist provide a more detailed hypothesis?

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Re: 'Black' holes... Does high school physics say they shouldn't be black?

Pictures or I can't picture it!

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Re: Re: 'Black' holes... Does high school physics say they shouldn't be black?

It sounds like the Eye of Sauron to me.

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Re: 'Black' holes... Does high school physics say they shouldn't be black?

They aren't black. They radiate like any other black body.

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Alien

Terrance&Philip's "Alien, the eight flatulence"

"In space, no one can hear your farts"

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20 million mph!

That's almost as fast as a London courier...

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20 million mph = about 50 x c

... that would be a bit over 13 million metres per second or getting on for fifty times the speed of light. Something is wrong with that picture, regardless of the frame of reference.

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Re: 20 million mph = about 50 x c

C = 670,616,629 mph

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