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Black holes have such an intense gravitational pull that nothing can escape from its grasp, not even light.
However, new observations from Nasa’s Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) saw a giant eruption of X-ray light coming from the centre of a supermassive blackhole located in the Pegasus constellation, around 324 million light years away.
The findings prompted the question from researchers, ‘why do black holes flare’?
The images of the black hole known as Markarian 335, or Mrk 335, suggest that when coronas – a source of extremely energetic particles – build up around black holes, they shoot away from them, causing a beam of X-ray light.