Scientists find black hole burping near Earth

Astronomers have captured two waves of energy belched by the galaxy.
By Ian Marsh | Jul 13, 2016
Astronomers have spotted two massive waves of gas that were burped by a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy that was observed through NASA's Chandra space telescope.

Scientists used X-ray images to spot the waves, sweeping cooler hydrogen gas in front of them,according to a BBC report.

They were found in the galaxy NGC 5194, the little sibling to the Whirlpool Galaxy, and it appeared to be gobbling up matter from the larger galaxy and then expelling the energy out in waves. The galaxy is just 26 million light years away, making it one of the closest black holes to be found burping gas. The phenomenon is known as "feedback," and it prevents a galaxy from getting too large while also leading to the formation of new stars.

A deep red light was spotted in the thin strip in front of the outermost wave, a sure sign of hydrogen which essentially proves these are burps, and not matter being sucked into the black hole.

In a statement,Eric Schlegel, Vaughn Family Endowed Professor in Physics at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), said that just like storms on Earth impact the environments around them, so do the ones in space, and these waves emanating from the black hole surely plays a part in the evolution of the galaxy.

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