Russian astronomers used the Spektr-RG space telescope in August to make detailed observations of the X-ray binary star Swift J1727.8-1613, a bright object in the X-ray spectrum. These observations will help unravel how black holes absorb the flow of matter and explore their structure.
The Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences announced the collected data and the importance of this study. The Spektr-RG observatory has detected tens of millions of high-energy photons produced when matter falls into a black hole. These observations revealed quasi-periodic pulsations in the X-ray nova glow; this is probably due to the properties of the matter flow and the destruction of the accretion disk near the black hole.
The Spektr-RG apparatus has X-ray telescopes, including the Russian ART-XC. This observatory scans the sky and studies x-rays in high resolution. This project is important for the understanding of cosmic events, the study of black holes and matter flows in space.
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