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Soon after publishing the image of a yellow colored jellyfish-shaped nebula, NASA has released another stunning image captured using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. This time, the American space agency has unveiled a massive black hole. What’s striking about the image is that the black hole is bursting and the Chandra X-ray managed to capture the pic at the time of a powerful blast.

According to the NASA scientists, the burping black hole is located 26 million light-years away in the small galaxy named NGC 5195.T that merges with a larger galaxy called NGC 5194. In addition, the larger galaxy NGC 5194 is also known as ‘The Whirlpool’ due to its appearance. Both the galaxies are among the nearest galaxies from the Earth and it is the first time that burping black hole with such violent eruptions so close to the Earth has been recorded by the scientists.

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Black holes are made after the death of supermassive stars, at this stage everything starts to collapse towards the core and mass gets concentrated leading to very high gravitational pull. The gravitational pull of a black hole is the highest in our universe such that even light cannot escape from it. This is the reason why we humans do not have any picture of a black hole.

While explaining, NASA scientists said that a supermassive black hole is hidden under the clouds of gas and it can emit gas outwards instead of pulling it towards the core. This outburst of gas in the black hole is a result of interactions of larger celestial bodies that are manipulating the gravity field lines to funnel the gas in the black hole.

Eric Schlegel of University of Texas led the study said, “Our observation is important because this behaviour would likely happen very often in the early universe, altering the evolution of galaxies.”

The findings were published at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Kissimmee, Florida on the first week of January. Moreover, researchers believe that the burping black hole will have a huge effect on the galaxy by removing the dust-forming gases from the centre.

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