Black holes are mysterious… almost as mysterious as the dimensions found on the other side of a portal created by Rick Sanchez. In reality though, little is known about these supermassive “holes”, rumored to have the ability to suck entire planets into their cores.
Just when NASA was super confident that nothing could escape a black hole, not even light, they observed a corona emerging from one.
NASA’s Explorer mission Swift, and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), noted that a gargantuan eruption of light bursted from the center of a supermassive black hole, somewhere within the Pegasus constellation. Not to worry – Earth won’t be sucked away any time soon, as this particular black hole is approximately 324 million light years away from our planet.
Why are some black holes feasting and others starving? Astronomers are finding evidence that magnetic fields may be the key to keeping dust close enough to be gobbled up by supermassive black holes lurking in the heart of most galaxies. Dive in: https://t.co/OFPfeasRHm pic.twitter.com/Tj4FIob500
— NASA (@NASA) October 16, 2018
What was this enormous explosion of light? Don’t pull out your tin foil hats just yet! According to observers, it was a corona, better known as a supercharged source of energy particles that are pulled towards a black hole, remaining above and below it. This new observation suggests that coronas may become so overcharged with energy that they can explode from a black hole, according to Express.
If, however, coronas are made up of particles, how do they escape a supermassive black hole in the form of light? This can be related to what’s known as the lamppost model. According to this theory, coronas are so compact that they are indeed sources of light energy similar to a lightbulb, only existing above and below a black hole. That is, until now.
According to NASA, the lamppost model is more supported than ever following this new observation:
“The new data supports the ‘lamppost’ model – and demonstrates, in the finest detail yet, how the light-bulb-like coronas move.”
Even if it wasn’t a UFO or another strange object emerging from the black hole, one thing is for sure: this observation disproves a lot of theories surrounding black holes and their behavior, and once again proving just how little we know about the universe.
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