Chandra Low energy image of M87
Credit: NASA/CXC/CfA/W.Forman et al.


Black holes are apparently effervescent. They carbonate the intergalactic medium with bubbles generated by mysterious outbursts whose cause is not entirely known, but probably involves staggering violence like the swallowing of a star or solar system (or two). The Chandra low-energy X-ray image above of the galaxy M87 shows wisps and loops surrounding bubbles produced by eruptions of the supermassive black hole in M87's core. Adding its voice to other black holes in other galaxies, in the anvil chorus of the Universe.

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