Supermassive Black Hole Unleashes Giant Burp in Space-Twice

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While black hole burps have been observed before, this was a lucky chance to confirm multiple belches.

Combing images of the J1354 galaxy 800 million light-years away, they found two pools of the particles blasted from a black hole. Julie Comerford, a scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder, stated that right now the supermassive black hole is in the sleep phase of the feats-burp-nap cycle and it's just waiting for its next meal.

The team of scientists utilised two different space telescopes to observe this event. They also recently published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal. In fact, we already have well documented instances of such plumes of gas being ejected from black holes, but the duality of this fresh discovery is what makes it special.

"We are seeing this object feast, burp and nap, and then feast, burp and nap once again, which theory had predicted", Ms Comerford said.

The supermassive black hole at the centre of our own universe will one day arouse from its slumber with a raging appetite. The answer lies in a companion galaxy that is linked to J1354 by streams of stars and gas, said Comerford.

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Researchers believe the black hole is behaving this way because it is consuming a huge amount of nearby matter.

Scientists captured images of burping of the black hole and presented it to the American Astronomical Society. They saw a loop of gas that indicated the more recent belch.

With supermassive black holes, the gas that they accrete in space generates a lot of electromagnetic radiation as it becomes increasingly dense and is pulled towards the event horizon.

"This galaxy really caught us off guard", said CU Boulder doctoral student Rebecca Nevin, a study co-author who used data from Apache Point to look at the velocities and intensities of light from the gas and stars in J1354. "This new burp is actually moving like a shock wave - it's coming out very fast, and so it's kind of like a sonic boom of a burp, whereas the gas to the south shows us an older burp that happens 100,000 years earlier before that newer burp". In 2010 another research team discovered a Milky Way belch using observations from the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Observatory to look at the galaxy edge on.

'If our solar system was very close to the black hole, though, we'd be fried'.

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