There’s Beautiful Cosmic Gunk Coming out of Black Holes
Despite being light years away, black holes are still scary. A hole that defies gravity, sucks you up, and atomizes you into a million little pieces? I’ll keep my 300 million light year distance, thank you very much. But in light of NASA’s new findings, it may be time to reconsider intergalactic space travel. This week, a NASA telescope observed a black hole named Markarian 335 spewing out space junk in a massive upchuck filled with X-rays and stunning technicolor streams.
The scene was observed by the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), one of two telescopes that keep tabs on Markarian 335. So what does this mean exactly? Well, according to physicist dreamboat Stephen Hawking, who theorized such an event last year, what goes up must come down, and what goes in must come out – somewhere in the universe. According to Hawking, black holes “are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.” Things sucked into a seemingly infinite void may actually pop out again, albeit in a galaxy far, far away, on the fringes of the universe.
Although we don’t know the nitty gritty details on black holes, it is a relief to know that if/when we are sucked into a one, we have a slim chance of survival, like in Interstellar. We may just pass through the universe unscathed, and who knows, a journey through a black hole could just be a rad cosmic trip.
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