Spitballs

Scientists believe that the supermassive black hole in the middle of the Milky Way is propelling planet size object out into space.

Accepted wisdom has it that nothing, not even light can escape the gravity of a black hole singularity.

But new research using advanced computer algorithms suggests these “spitballs” could be as much as several times the size of Jupiter – by far the biggest planet in our solar system – are being ejected on a regular basis.

They theorise that when stars wander too close to a black hole the intense gravitational pull of the black hole has the power to completely shred the star.

The new research shows however that that is not the end of the story.

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