PIA14730: Flaring Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Product Size: 4888 x 3300 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Goddard Space Flight Center
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This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) reveal the best information yet on the chaotic and extreme environments of this black hole's jets.

GX 339-4 likely formed from a star that exploded. It is surrounded by an accretion disk (red) of material being pulled onto the black hole from a neighboring star (yellow orb). Some of this material is shot away in the form of jets (yellow flows above and below the disk). The region close in to the black hole glows brightly in infrared light.

More information about this image can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/universe/blackhole_surfing_prt.htm.

More information is online at http://www.nasa.gov/wise and http://wise.astro.ucla.edu.

Image Credit:
NASA

Image Addition Date:
2011-09-20