Black hole (IMAGE) University of Maryland Baltimore County Caption In this artist's rendering courtesy of NASA, the remnants of a star torn apart by a black hole form a disk around the black hole's center, while jets eject from either side. The jets can travel at nearly the speed of light, and they discharge their high energy along the way. New research from UMBC in Nature Communications shows that the energy dissipation happens much farther away from the black hole's center than previously thought. The methods for the study, standard statistical techniques and minimal reliance on assumptions from any particular jet model, make the findings difficult to dispute. The results offer clues about jet formation and structure. Credit NASA Usage Restrictions include credit License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.