Scientists are perplexed by the unusual burps that a black hole is emitting.

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Illustration of what a star would look like after being “spaghettified” by a supermassive black hole. hide caption DESY, Science Communication Lab
switch to caption Illustration by DESY, Science Communication Lab shows what a star would look like after being “spaghettified” by a supermassive black hole.

Science Communication Lab at DESY Astronomers have revealed a significant discovery: After going two years without ejecting any energy from the little star it was seen destroying in 2018, a black hole has started to “burp” out energy.

What makes this unusual?

Super rare, says main author of the paper Yvette Cendes, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard, and Smithsonian. We haven’t actually seen something to this extent before.

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