posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 06:39 AM
Okay, I had a giggle at the title of the article, but its very interesting nonetheless.
From my favorite source,
While innocently surveying the Cosmos, astronomers serendipitously stumbled across a particularly uncouth galaxy. NGC 660 unleashed an epic belch, an
event that we could see 44 million light-years distant. This event emanated from the galaxy's core, around the likely location of a supermassive
I won't bore you with the technical aspects of how they discovered this, follow the link to read about the telescopes and the discovery process (its
actually interesting to me).
Anyway, here's a possible explanation for what caused the Big Burp:
So why did the supermassive black hole in the galaxy's core belch? As we've learned from observations of the black hole behemoth in the center of
the Milky Way, black holes consume anything that strays too close. Any dust, gas, planets, aliens or stars that fall into the black hole's
gravitational well will be ripped apart and pulled into a violent accretion disk surrounding the black hole's event horizon. Through processes that
aren't fully understood, some of this matter is accelerated and ejected from the black hole's poles at relativistic speeds, generating superheated
streams of gas. In the case of NGC 660, its black hole is likely feeding, erupting huge streams of radio-emitting gas, but the pattern of ejected gas
isn't a simple case of two hot spots blasting from two poles; there appears to be five hot spots.
Scientists will continue observing this for the next several years to try and understand the phenomenon better.
I just love this stuff! Burping Black Holes....I think I've found a new phrase. Maybe someone can make it into a meme?