The article said that “two space telescopes caught a supermassive black hole in the midst of a giant eruption of X-ray light.”
According to NASA scientists, “the results suggest that supermassive black holes send out beams of X-rays when their surrounding coronas – sources of extremely energetic particles – shoot, or launch, away from the black holes.”
“This will help us understand how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the universe,” says Dan Wilkins, the lead author of a new paper on the recently discovered phenomenon.
“Supermassive black holes don’t give off any light themselves,” the article continues, “but they are often encircled by disks of hot, glowing material. The gravity of a black hole pulls swirling gas into it, heating this material and causing it to shine with different types of light. Another source of radiation near a black hole is the corona. Coronas are made up of highly energetic particles that generate X-ray light, but details about their appearance, and how they form, are unclear.”
So black holes continue to puzzle scientists.