Astronomers captured a black hole right at the moment when it’s erupting, 12 million light-years away, resulting in a spectacular burst of colours. Reported first by The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), the black hole was spotted in Centaurus A — a massive elliptical galaxy located around 12 million light-years away from Earth.
The phenomenon, according to the astronomers, occurs when gas and other particles are devoured by the black hole, resulting in a beautiful Eruption. The radio bubbles ejected by the black hole later expand at almost the speed of light. These bubbles then grow over a duration of hundreds of millions of years.
Lead author Dr Benjamin McKinley, from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), said in a statement, it forms a disc around the black hole, and as the matter gets ripped apart going close to the black hole, powerful jets form on either side of the disc, ejecting most of the material back out into space, to distances of probably more than a million light-years.He added that the previous radio observations could not handle the extreme brightness of the jets and details of the larger area surrounding the galaxy were distorted, but our new image overcomes these limitations.