NASA Saw Something Come out of a Black Hole for the First Time Ever

You don’t have to know a whole lot about science to know that black holes normally suck things in, not spew things out. But NASA detected something mighty bizarre at the supermassive black hole Markarian 335.

Two of NASA’s space telescopes, including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), amazingly observed a black hole’s corona “launched” away from the supermassive black hole. Then an enormous pulse of X-ray energy spewed out. This kind of phenomena has never been observed before.

“This is the first time we have been able to link the launching of the corona to a flare. This will help us comprehend how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the cosmos.” Dan Wilkins, of Saint Mary’s University, said.

NuSTAR’s principal investigator, Fiona Harrison, noted that the nature of the energetic source was “enigmatic,” but added that the capability to in fact record the event should have provided some clues about the black hole's size and structure, along with (hopefully) some fresh info on how black holes work. Fortunately for us, this black hole is still 324 million light-years away.

So, no matter what bizarre things it was doing, it shouldn’t had any effect on our corner of the cosmos.



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  1. Is this an actual picture or an "artist's rendering?"

    1. Has to be. Stephen Hawking said that he was wrong and that there are no black holes.

    2. Nobody has seen an actual image of a black hole. The nearest one is in the center of our galaxy SMBH(super massive black hole). The only direct evidence is the discovery of gravity waves(the consequence of twe black holes merging) Astronomers around the world are collaborating to create a virtual telescope called EHT(Event Horison Telescope) with a much wider area. It is based on radio signals and iterferometry

  2. Artist rendering for sure.