martes, 27 de octubre de 2015


NASA just saw a huge pulse of energy coming out of a black hole

Two NASA space telescopes caught a huge eruption of X-rays coming out of a black hole and the blast could solve some of the mysteries around the massive, destructive objects.

Telescopes including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR caught a blast where the black hole’s corona launched away from the supermassive black hole before X-rays spewed out.

"This is the first time we have been able to link the launching of the corona to a flare", said Dan Wilkins of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada.

"This will help us understand how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the universe".

The observations began when Swift, which monitors the sky for cosmic outbursts of X-rays and gamma rays, caught a large flare coming from the supermassive black hole called Markarian 335, or Mrk 335, located 324 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Pegasus.

This supermassive black hole, which sits at the center of a galaxy, was once one of the brightest X-ray sources in the sky.

"The nature of the energetic source of X-rays we call the corona is mysterious, but now with the ability to see dramatic changes like this we are getting clues about its size and structure", said Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NuSTAR at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.