Supermassive Black Hole Snapped By EHT Releases High-Energy Jets From Its Event Horizon Region


A milestone achievement took place earlier last week when a supermassive black hole known as M87 was photographed. Researchers from all over the world are working hard on analyzing the data which was collected until now. It is known that the supermassive black hole is located at a distance of 55 million light-years away from Earth and has an estimated mass which is up to 6.5 billion times bigger in comparison to the mass of our sun.

Data gathered with the help of the NuSTAR and Chandra infers that the supermassive black hole releases constant streams of high-energy which travel at speed close to that of lights, traversing a distance of almost 1,000 light-years.

The two devices measured the amount of X-ray generated by one of the jets emitted by the M87, and the results were compared with similar data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope.

The supermassive black hole snapped by EHT emits high-energy jets of particles

Many of the traits possessed by supermassive black holes continue to puzzle researchers, including the strange cases when some of them can release jets loaded with material even if they are inescapable objects and the feat should be impossible. It is thought that the latest analysis should provide some answers which will be able to elucidate some of the enigmas.

The high-energy particles which are present in the jets generated by M87’s supermassive black hole, that come from an area situated near the event horizon, and the fact that it tends to alternate between dimming and brightening, randomly, is quite impressive. By analyzing the X-ray radiation researchers can learn more about the particles which are close to the event horizon and they can be measured with the help of select telescopes.

The images obtained on April 10th proved that the Event Horizon Telescope network is usable and practical. An international team of researchers harnessed the power of eight different radio observatories which are spread around the world, as they aimed to more about supermassive black holes, including the one which is present in the center of the Milky Way.


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