More to the point, a black hole can absorb matter as rapidly as it can fall in, but the accretion disk is composed of particles travelling at a large fraction of the speed of light, and every collision is a relativistic one. It is the x-rays and gravity waves from this disk that radiates most of the energy away from a black hole, and the magnetic effects that shoot jets out the poles is the next largest loss of energy from the vecinity of the black hole.
Originally posted by matthew
@Jan 11 2005, 05:39 AM
I believe that black holes can only "eat" so much before the pressure near the black hole is so great that other matter is pushed away.
Forming opinions as we speak