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Violent red flashes seen from black hole V404 Cygni

16 March 2016 Astronomy Now

In June 2015, V404 Cygni underwent dramatic brightening for about two weeks, as it devoured material that it had stripped off an orbiting companion star. Violent red flashes, lasting just fractions of a second, were observed during the flare-up — one of the brightest black hole outbursts in recent years.