January 11, 2018 Press Release
Black Hole Double Burp

EMBARGOED until Thursday, 11 January 2018, at 10:15 am EST (15:15 UTC/GMT)

Contact:
Professor Julie Comerford
University of Colorado, Boulder
Email: Julie.Comerford@colorado.edu
Cell phone: 303 242-2181
I will be available to meet at the AAS meeting in National Harbor, MD all week until Friday evening, January 12

Read the Chandra X-ray Observatory press release (with pretty images to download).

Read the Hubble Space Telescope press release (with pretty images to download).

Download the American Astronomical Society press conference talk as PDF.

See the published paper as a PDF, on the journal website (subscription required), or on the arXiv website (free).

Simulations of black holes burping; see these papers.

Caption: An image of the galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 taken with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.  The arrows point to the the two burps of gas coming from the supermassive black hole; the top arrows points to the newer burp and the bottom arrow points to the older burp.  The two burps resulted from the supermassive black hole consuming two separate meals of material from a collision between SDSS J1354+132 and the galaxy shown above it in this image.     

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