Sucked in

2019-03-07 10:13:01

NASA scientists believe they have for the first time detected matter being sucked into a black hole. Paul Nandra of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland was looking at the X-ray spectrum of iron atoms near a black hole in the galaxy NGC 3516, when he noticed that some were disappearing into it at 10.5 million kilometres per hour. Matter falling into black holes usually swirls in slowly, making it impossible to detect. “This is the first time we’ve had any direct evidence for inflow,” says Nandra,