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Black holes and stars that feed them dance in NASA video

A new NASA video shows some of the black holes closest to Earth, as well as the stars that feed them.

The visualization shows 22 X-ray binaries in both our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud.  In each pair, the black hole is shown as a black dot at the center of an orange-red accretion disk; the star is shown as a bluish- or yellowish-white sphere scaled to match its size, according to a NASA statement accompanying the video.

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