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NASA space telescope captures black holes ‘burping’ after eating up stars

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For the first time ever, astronomers have documented the process by which radiation is expelled from black holes – a process that many believe holds the key to how galaxies are formed – using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope.

Supermassive black holes – concentrations of mass the size of hundreds of thousands or even millions of suns, with gravity so powerful even light cannot escape – exist in the centers of most galaxies.

When an object is absorbed by a black hole, not all of the contents are consumed – instead it emits a vast “belch” of intense radiation, a blinding bright whip of energy known as a tidal disruption flare, which wipes out everything in its path – READ MORE

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