A star (orange-yellow) circles a black hole. The gravity of the black hole distorts the star and drags material from it. This material spirals inwards to the black hole, forming an accretion disc (red peripherally, becoming blue-white at the centre), before being swallowed up by the black hole. Ultra-high temperatures near the centre of the disk create winds (yellow) that spin material off into space. The extreme conditions near the black hole force jets of material (pale blue) to shoot out above and below the accretion disk.

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