Black Holes

Monsters of the Universe

Black holes are monsters in our universe. They power galaxies and eat anything that wanders too close. But they are messy eaters! What doesn't get swallowed is shot out along the axes at speeds near the speed of light.
Black hole destroying a star
The video above shows a computer animation of a black hole destroying a star. When this happens most of the star is pulled into the black hole, but a small fraction swirls around the black hole at near the speed of light and then shot out into space.