Black hole bombshell: NASA captures supermassive monster ‘casting shadow into space’

“As a galaxy evolves, it is shaped by its central black hole.”

If the astronomer’s “shadow” theory is accurate, the rays provide evidence IC 5063’s disk is extremely thin, which goes some way to explaining why light is leaking around the structure.

Additional observations of similar black holes made by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory also detected X-rays leaking from the torus, giving a mottled “Swiss cheese” appearance, the space agency said.

Professor Maksym thinks these holes may be created by the disk being torqued by internal forces, causing it to warp.