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

The Chandra observatory picked up large amounts of X-ray emissions from J1354, showing dust and gas were heated to millions of degrees as the material fell toward the center of the supermassive black hole. The black hole living in the middle of a highly bright celestial object is named a quasar.

According to the theory, there's a period in which black holes would "swallow" the matter, then burp clouds of high-energy particles and then hibernate for a while, according to Comerford.

There is also an evidence that the black hole of the Milky Way belched as well maybe once.

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

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

'We know a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.

In the same way as normal black holes, they are regions of space-time with gravitational effects so strong that even light can not escape from inside of them.

This energy is released in quasars which erupt right across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves through to visible light and X-ray wavelengths. It was spotted reflecting bright light because of the excessive gas it inhaled. It was observed from the Hubble and Chandra X-Ray Telescopes and was found to be emitting two bubbles of gas - one from the north of the centre of the galaxy and other from the south. Scientists consider that the black hole exploded the gas twice because it might have two meals at the same time. Scientists recorded two belches in a row.

Assistant professor Julie Comerford, who led the study, said that while astronomers have predicted that black holes could burp out light as a result of gas-feeding events, this is one of the few times one has been caught in the act.

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

'The separate outbursts from the black hole are caused by different clumps from this stream being consumed by the supermassive black holes'.

Just like normal black holes, they are regions of space-time with gravitational effects so strong that even electromagnetic radiation such as light can not escape from inside of them.

Vanessa Coleman

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