Cygnus X-1

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The first black hole positively identified by modern astronomers. This was formerly a binary star system, before the collapse of one of its stars. The remaining star, a blue giant thousands of times larger than our own sun, now orbits insanely close to the black hole. Under tremendous gravitational forces, the blue star’s outer layers are being dragged away and into a whirlpool of extremely hot gas, moving at ever increasing speeds until it meets it’s final fate at the core of the black hole.