While some black holes eject energy in rare and violent outbursts, new data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory reveal that other black holes are capable of more consistent charges. A black hole in the center of Virgo Elliptical Galaxy M84, 55 million light-years from Earth is one of them.
Mateusz Ruszkowski, an astronomer at the University of Michigan remarks that the black hole "looks like a beating heart."
Alexis Finoguenov, of UMBC and the Max-Planck Institute for
Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, compares the central black hole to
a heart muscle.
“Just like our hearts periodically pump our circulatory systems to keep us alive, black holes give galaxies a vital warm component. They are a careful creation of nature, allowing a galaxy to maintain a fragile equilibrium,” Finoguenov said.
Watch this video to catch a glimpse of the rhythm of this black hole.
A paper on the research called “In-depth Chandra study of the AGN feedback in Virgo Elliptical Galaxy M84” has been published in The Astrophysical Journal.
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