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Astronomers spot ‘extraordinary’ black hole ejecting plasma and ‘wobbling’ like a spinning top in a never-before-seen phenomenon

A black hole almost 8,000 light years away from Earth has caught the eye of astronomers, due to its peculiar, wobbly nature.

Called V404 Cygni, the black hole was spotted ejecting high-speed clouds of plasma in a manner that’s never been seen before by scientists.

V404, like other black hole systems, was sucking up gas from a nearby star.

And while black holes have been known to spit out matter, researchers observed V404’s jets shooting out plasma in rapid succession.

Scientists likened the strange phenomenon to the ‘wobble of a spinning top,’ as it spun rapidly over the span of just a few hours.

The study, which was led by the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), was published today in the journal Nature.

Scientists believe the spinning jet came about as a result of a misalignment between an accretion disk created by the star’s matter and the black hole.

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