Thanks to the recent images captured by NASA’s Chandra telescope, a ‘burping’ black hole was spotted near the Milky Way. Scientists noticed that the supermassive black hole, which is located near two merging galaxies, released gas after consuming matter.
Supermassive black holes are generally regarded as space bodies that consume other celestial bodies until they disappear completely. NASA experts, on the other hand, have reasons to believe that black holes have creational power, too. Moreover, they think supermassive black holes have led to the appearance of most celestial formations due to their recent findings.
The Chandra telescope captured an unusual string of X-ray emissions coming from the NGC 5194 black hole in the vicinity of the “Whirlpool Galaxy”. The latter is very close to a smaller galaxy, in fact the two are expected to merge into one single celestial body in the future.
For years, scientists believed that the black hole will gradually consume matter from the galaxies until the latter will be completely taken over. Yet, the X-ray scans of hydrogen gas that the supermassive black hole let out after consuming new matter indicate that new celestial bodies will be formed.
Eric Schlegel, the author of the current study and Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, has explained how the gas emission was spotted in the first place. According to him, the cool hydrogen gas coming from the black hole enabled the Chandra telescope to take clear pictures of the space phenomenon. The ensuing hot X-ray waves further facilitated the observation of the event.
Without the presence of the hydrogen gas, the interpretation of the images would have been very confusing. Scientists could have been mistakenly led into thinking that the emitted gas was a gulp resulting from the black hole’s usual activity of matter consumption, whereas, instead, it was gas emission.
Scientists have named the new space phenomenon as a feedback resulting from the interaction of the two galaxies. The data was presented at the 227th congress of the American Astronomical Society, which was held in Florida.
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