It is generally well understood that black holes typically suck things in, not shoot them out. NASA however spotted something incredibly odd when observing the supermassive black hole Markarian 335. Massive pulses of energy have always been known to be generated by black holes but scientists never fully understand why. Thanks to observations from two of NASA’s space telescopes, including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), researchers can now pin down a cause. The NuSTAR miraculously spotted the corona of the supermassive black hole being launched away followed by a massive pulse of high energy particles. Due to these recorded observations, scientists can now get closer to figuring out why this happens.
“This is the first time we have been able to link the launching of the corona to a flare,” Dan Wilkins, of Saint Mary’s University, said. “This will help us understand how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the universe.”
According to NuSTAR’s principal investigator, Fiona Harrison, the nature of the energetic source is mysterious but added that being able to observe this event will help scientists learn more about black holes and how they function.