A mighty space storm took place in a distant cosmic region called the Teacup. The storm was caused by a quasar, which is fuelled by a supermassive black hole located in the middle of a galaxy which can be found at 1.1 billion light-years from Earth.
The galaxy, which was previously registered as SDSS 1430+1339, features a structure which has the shape of a teacup, with the quasar being located in the middle.
It is well-known that quasars are some of the brightest in the universe. They can only be found in galaxies where supermassive black holes exist. A supermassive black hole consumes a high amount of matter located near the galactic core, releasing a giant amount of radiation in the process.
The most remarkable feature of the Teacup region can be found at approximately 300 light-years from the black hole, which can be perceived as a form of a handle. The structure could be a ring of galactic material, and it is likely that it appeared consequences of the eruptions which come from the black hole.
A quasar fuelled by a supermassive black hole caused a mighty space storm in Teacup region
The radiation released by a supermassive black hole can generate high-powered cosmic winds, which can appear from one of the sides of a quasar. The winds are known as jets, and the researchers believe that they were able to push a ring of material into space, leading to the formation of a bubble which can be found within the handle of the Teacup.
The researchers decided to harness the power of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, as they aimed to learn more about the supermassive black hole in the middle of SDSS 1430+1339 and its evolution as time passed.
While previous research suggested that the quasar was on the verge of death, the information collected by Chandra indicates that this is not the case, with the quasar producing a more considerable amount of radiation than it was previously thought.
During the study, the researchers discovered that the quasar is surrounded by a thick gas, which may have influenced previous research.