Astronomers just caught a massive black hole ‘burping’ out hot gas not once, but twice

black hole burp

We've all felt the pressure that builds up in our stomach after a can of carbonated cola or a particularly filling meal, and no matter how polite of a person you are, you no doubt let a nice healthy burp fly every now and then. As it turns out, black holes have a similar habit, and astronomers have just captured photo evidence of one of the universe's most destructive entities burping not once, but twice in quick succession.

Scientists using some of mankind's most powerful space observation tools — the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes — have observed the black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy spewing hot gas in two separate events. The galaxy, called SDSS J1354+1327 (catchy name, huh?) is some 800 million light-years from Earth, but that's still close enough for astronomers to detect its foul behavior.

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