Black Hole Sun, Won't You Come, And Wash Away The -- BOOOOOOM!! Yep, That Did It

August 23, 2010


This is a picture of a super-massive black hole erupting and spewing all kinds of outerspace shit everywhere. How massive is super-massive? Try six billion times bigger than our sun. I told you that dim bastard was a runt!

This is a composite of two images, one taken in radio wavelengths by the Very Large Array (in red) and the other in X-rays by the orbiting Chandra Observatory (in blue). The X-rays are being emitted by gas blasting away from the black hole, heated up by the disk and the magnetic fields affiliated with the hole itself. The radio waves are from gas that previously existed outside and farther away from the black hole, which is being slammed into, stirred up, and swept away by the outflowing gas.

Well I don't know about you, but I'll definitely be sleeping well tonight finally knowing what a super-massive blackhole erupting looks like. Now I know what you're wondering, "but GW, what about a smaller, less massive blackhole -- what does one of those erupting look like?" And the answer to that, my friend, is BOO! Now quick -- peep your drawls!

Black hole erupts in nearby galaxy [badastronomy]
This is what an erupting supermassive black hole looks like [dvice]

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