You don’t have to know a whole lot about science to know that black holes typically suck things in, not spew things out. But NASA just spotted something mighty strange at the supermassive black hole Markarian 335.
What happened was that the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), just observed something launching out of a black hole. Afterwards, a very big pulse of X-Ray energy was spat out.
“So, what exactly happened? That’s what we are trying to figure out now.” according to Fiona Harrison
“This is the first time we have been able to link the launching of the corona to a flare, this will help us understand how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the universe”
“NuSTAR’s principal investigator, Fiona Harrison, noted that the nature of the energetic source is “mysterious,” but added that the ability to actually record the event should provide some clues about the black hole’s size and structure, along with (hopefully) some fresh intel on how black holes function. Luckily for us, this black hole is still 324 million light-years away. So, no matter what strange things it’s doing, it shouldn’t have any effect on our corner of the universe.” – according to NASA’s statement