The first-ever 3D
simulation of the formation of a black hole jet reveals why mysterious gamma-ray bursts appear to blink.
are the brightest and most powerful flashes of light known to exist in the universe.
First detected in 1967,
these blinding light explosions are generated when massive stars collapse into black holes, launching jets of material
Satellites spot one gamma-ray
burst in the universe every day. Astronomers think that up to 500 per day may flash through the universe without us knowing
Team of astronomers
simulated for the first time in detailed 3D the birth of black hole jets powered by collapsing stars.
The simulation showed
that as a massive star collapses, a black hole starts to form at its heart surrounded by a disk of infalling material