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GEMINI OBSERVATORY / AURA ARTWORK BY LYNETTE COOK Gemini Observatory / AURA artwork by Lynette Cook
This artist's sketch shows the black hole in the foreground with its so-called accretion disk -- the orbiting gas and dust it is about to consume -- and the star in the background that serves up the menu.
GEMINI OBSERVATORY Scientists using the Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea have found a small but unusually hungry black hole in the Messier 101 galaxy, 22 million light-years away. The black hole is shown in the inset.