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Black Hole 'Double Burp' Discovered, Confirming Theory

Black Hole 'Double Burp' Discovered, Confirming Theory
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By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:56 AM

Scientists have discovered a "double burp" emerging from a supermassive black hole 800 million light-years away after it sucked in large amounts of cosmic gas. 

The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes observed one newer “burp” along with the remnants of another one that occurred 100,000 years prior to it, the BBC reported.

The observation confirmed a theory that black holes “feast” on the gas, then “burp” to release some of it, then “nap.”

The black holes are brightly lit when they are “feasting” or “burping,” then go dark during the “nap” phase, scientists said. Many black holes have been observed “burping” once, but this is the first one that appears to have done so twice, which is confirmation that a repeating cycle does exist, University of Colorado, Boulder Astronomer and study leader Julie Comerford said, the BBC reported. 

Supermassive black holes exist in the center of most known galaxies, including our own Milky Way, Space.com reported. The black holes are mostly dormant but act to suck in gas when it gets close enough.

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