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A painting of the LS 5039 system from a vantage point near the the neutron star or black hole. Gases from the massive, blue star are pulled by gravity into a hot accretion disk swirling around the neutron star or black hole. Some of this material is then ejected in fast moving jets originating from the center of the disk.

Credit: Bill Pounds

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