Distant supermassive black hole caught feeding and blasting out double cosmic 'burps'

Distant supermassive black hole caught feeding and blasting out double cosmic 'burps'

She said the black hole was going through a cycle of feasting, burping and napping, before starting over.

'If our Milky Way's black hole became active again, we are far enough away from it that we would be fine.

The new discovery supports previous theories that suggested black holes go through cycles of burping.

Black holes are incredibly powerful gravity wells that absorb anything and everything that gets too close.

A supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy has been caught feeding and blasting out high-energy cosmic particles in the form of a "double burp".

Sometimes a black hole throws back radiation in what astrophysicists have dubbed a "burp".

When scientists looked at the Hubble's data, they got to know that a cloud of blue-green hot is extending away from the black hole which indicated that a burp had occurred earlier.

Scientists presented their research regarding the supermassive black hole burping at the American Astronomical Society's annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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Supermassive black holes have masses greater than one million suns combined and would fit inside a ball with a diameter about the size of the solar system.

This energy is released in quasars that are seen visible light and X-ray wavelengths. While even light can not escape the pull of one of these gravity wells, blacks holes do, very occasionally, "burp" back out chunks of half-consumed gas.

Julie Comerford, an astronomer at the University of Colorado Boulder, has led a team of scientists in analyzing this particular black hole and its two burps.

They provided astronomers at Nasa with images that showed clouds of electrons that had been removed from atoms by a high-energy burst of radiation.

The black hole emit huge plumes of bright light from the double-burp. "That collision led gas to stream towards the supermassive black hole and feed it two separate meals that led to these two separate burps", said the University of Colorado researcher.

This is an image of galaxy SDSS J1354 1327 and its companion galaxy X-ray NASA/CXC/University of Colorado/J. With so much circling this particular galactic drain all at the same time, it does make sense that occasionally, bottlenecked gas gets bubbled back out, spreading forth out into the galaxy as if deliberately and triumphantly enjoying its second lease of life.

Well, nearly nothing. As it turns out, supermassive black holes aren't always thorough when gobbling up star systems and solar debris.

The researchers think the black hole erupted twice because it consumed two separate meals. This would provide plenty of cosmic gas on which a black hole could feast.

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