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Nasa: Monstrous black hole in M83 exploding directly on Earth



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The famous image of a black hole in the heart of the M83 (Copyright: Event Horizon Telescope)

Earlier this month, our species celebrated their eyes on the first image of a black hole's event horizon.

Now it turns out that the black monster is launching a super powerful "jet" in our direction.

On April 10, scientists released an image of the black hole in the center of a galaxy called Messier 87 (M87), which was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope using light at radio wavelengths.

NASA has now published another image showing the entire galaxy in infrared light.

It shows two jets, one of which is pointed at our planet.

The insertion in this image of M83 shows a close-up of two shock waves created by a jet emanating from the galaxy's supermassive black hole (Image: NASA)

"The brighter jet, located to the right of the center of the galaxy, is traveling almost directly toward Earth. Its brightness is amplified due to its high velocity in our direction, but still more because of what the scientists call" relativistic effects "which arise because the material in the jet is traveling near the speed of light," NASA wrote.

"The jet's trajectory is only slightly different from our line of sight in relation to the galaxy, so we can still see part of the jet length. The shock wave begins around the point where the jet seems to be curving, highlighting the regions where rapidly moving particles are colliding with the gas in the galaxy and slowing down.

It is not clear what causes the jets, though they are believed to be produced when the gas is sucked into the greedy mouth of the hole.

"Scientists are still struggling for a solid theoretical understanding of how gas being pulled into black holes creates runoff jets," Nasa added.

We are pleased to report that the galactic globule is 55 million light-years away, which means that lightning is not a threat to Earth.

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