Recently, astronomers have discovered that a huge black hole let out a double “burp” after sucking on hot gas for a while. This happens when a sinkhole attracts cosmic gas. It sucks it in, but some of that energy is released and forms some kind of “burp”. According to reports, the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes have discovered a new such release coming from a black hole situated about 800 million light-years away. Interestingly enough, they also noticed the remains of another such release from 100,000 years earlier.
According to Julie Comerford from the University of Colorado, black holes are known as binge eaters. Unfortunately, their manners are not the most elegant. There are many examples of black holes burping out gas in one single take. However, to have a supermassive black hole doing a double “burp” is something unusual indeed. This release actually happens when the black hole kicks out a stream of high-energy particles after first sucking them in.
The black hole that can “burp” twice
Supermassive black holes are the biggest that exist and are usually located at the center of any big galaxy. Thanks to X-ray emissions from the home galaxy, the researchers managed to discover the precise location of this unusual black hole.
Thanks to the Hubble telescope, the researchers realized that the bluish gas that was coming out of the black hole was actually the aftermath of another “burp”. However, they found something else. It appeared like a new release was about to happen. According to Comerford, this second one might act like a shockwave. And even if it may be a gross analogy, this is exactly like when a guest is eating their dinner and burping continuously. Suddenly, you notice that they also burped earlier, but they continue to do it. This is exactly what this black hole is doing. It is actually a cycle that every black hole goes through at some point. Still, this doesn’t make it any less fascinating.
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