Blog 9 Black holes emit more than radiation at times of feeding or collision
Written by Mark Kingston Levin, PhD.
Black hole caught for the first time eating a star followed by x-rays bursts. Energy and matter escape in two jets 180 degrees apart including radio waves and other electromagnetic emissions.
Scientists discovered X-ray signal bursts due to a black hole devouring a passing star. The high energy bursts were followed by radio waves two week later. The radio waves may have been produced by the exodus of highly energetic particles streaming out of the black hole, according to Dheeraj Pasham of MIT and Sjoert van Velzen of Johns Hopkins University.
Las Cumbres Observatory’s All-sky Automated Survey for Supernovae, an array of robotic telescopes located around the globe, picked up signals from a black hole feeding about 300 million lightyears away known as ASASSN-14li. Many of these robotic telescopes immediately turned to track this black hole feeding followed by a powerful explosion of electromagnetic energy and particles capable of destroying solar systems and planets like Earth.
This information will be useful in modeling galaxy formation and growth. To form stars the area must be relatively cold; however, black hole emissions of matter and energy heat up these areas, delaying star formation for an unknown time. We need to determine how much energy causes a delay and of how many years. Perhaps the next step in black hole astronomy will provide the answer.
Dr. Levin was born and grew up in Vermont with many winters spent in Florida as a child. As a teenager he wrote poetry, served as a lifeguard and played football. He currently enjoys sailing, exploring underwater caves, snorkeling, writing science fiction and other pursuits. After working on the Apollo and Mars projects, he returned to school to study under Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac, obtaining his PhD in 2.5 years. Dr. Levin founded two companies and served the science policy apparatus in President Ford’s administration. He has been published over 44 times in scientific literature and was awarded over 32 US patents. The science fiction writer is now emerging with his first work, a trilogy entitled 30th Century. The first award-winning book, 30th Century: Escape, is currently available on Amazon. Book two in the series, 30th Century: Revived, should be released before the end of April 2018.