Imagine someone having dinner and they’re eating and burping. Pretty gross, right?
Well, scientists have found that’s what black holes do – just like humans!
A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out.
When cosmic gas passes nearby, it gets sucked in by the black hole and then some energy is released back out just like a burp!
And they don’t stop at one!
The dining galaxy is known by its abbreviated name, J1354, and is about 800 million light years from Earth. Scientists used observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the ground-based optical telescopes to track both the behavior and diet of this monster-sized black hole.
Scientists think our Milky Way’s own black hole has experienced at least one similar burp of its own. By understanding how a black hole like J1354 feeds, astronomers are hoping to learn more about supermassive black holes and how they grow both near and far.