A black hole recently expelled the letter “H,” thrilling astronomers and individuals all over the globe.
A heated pink “H” is etched into the atmosphere surrounding a supermassive black hole in the center of a massive galaxy. The structure is a staggering 40,000 light-years tall, or more than half the diameter of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
The letter “H” was visible in an X-ray photograph of the atmosphere surrounding the black hole in the irregular galaxy Messier 84 (M84), located approximately 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo.
This shows the letter “H” produced in hot plasma by black hole jets.
The study also demonstrates that the streams may influence the flow of heated gas toward the black hole, thereby slowing the rate at which gas falls into it.
The jets emitted from black holes such as this one appear to restrict the quantity of gas they can consume from specific directions, giving astronomers the impression that some black holes are ‘picky feeders.’
Space.com reports that the plasma in the photograph is being sucked in by the gravitational pull of the supermassive black hole. Part of this material will fall to the surface of the black hole, which has a mass approximately 1.5 billion times that of the sun.
The image contains radio frequency data collected by the VLA as well as X-ray data collected by Chandra, and it depicts plumes escaping from the black hole.
The immense “H” shape seen in the Chandra image of M84 is not the result of a black hole attempting to depict the universe. It is an example of pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which our minds construct orderly pictures or images from apparently random stimuli.