Black holes are as mysterious as trying to guess the winning lottery numbers when buying your Friday night Lottery ticket. Scientists really don`t know a lot about these mysterious gentle giants that gobble up stars like they were a fat man gobbling up the winning number of hot dogs in a hot dog eating contest. It`s amazing how these black holes drain the energy out of every lunar being in and around them.
NASA recently hit the bullseye while using their Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and was able to focus in on this gentle giant that sits at the center of our galaxy like a big wide opened mouth ready to devour anything that is unlucky to fly into its wide opened jaws (so to speak) and was able to focus in and observe the black hole right in the middle of one of its flare ups.
Fiona Harrison, who is the mission`s principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, commented on this by saying, "We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the black hole during our observing campaign. This data will help us better understand the gentle giant at the heart of our galaxy and why it sometimes flares up for a few hours and then returns to slumber." (Harrison, F.)
This black hole behaves almost to me like a baby sleeping as soundly as dew drops sitting on the leaves of trees on a calm spring day and then suddenly the baby wakes up as hungry as a tiger that hasn`t eaten in a day or two. Mom or Dad wakes up, grabs the bottle of warm milk, picks up their child and calms him or her down, and then pacifies their baby with the warm bottle of milk. After the baby`s feeding session is done, hold the baby on their shoulder while gentling padding him or her on their back and then suddenly BURRRP! The baby lets out the prize sound that now calms Mom and Dad down because they can finally put the baby back to bed and they can go back to bed, then suddenly two hours later the baby wakes up again as hungry as a Tiger that hasn`t eaten in a day or two and the scenario starts over again. (If any of you have raised kids then you can relate to this scenario).
This is the part of studying black holes that scientists are trying to solve the mystery within the riddle of why some black holes behave in this manner. This black hole seems to wake-up out of a dead sleep (like my baby scenario) flare up (like my hungry baby does in my scenario) gobble up stars and energy around it (like my baby scenario and the bottle feeding session) then calm back down (like my baby does after their feeding session) then once again the black hole flares up again as hungry as the baby is in my scenario) so, you can see how the two examples relate to one another.
NASA did sort of a stakeout in July and teamed up with other observatories located around the country to spy on or watch Sagittarius (SgrA) which is this black hole that sits in the center of the Milky Way galaxy and also pulled in other entities to help observe like their Chandra X-ray Observatory which is used for viewing lower-energy X-ray light and rounded out the top five with their W.M. Keck Observatory which sits atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii which as used for taking infrared images.
Compared to giant black holes at the centers of other galaxies, Sgr A*is relatively quiet. Active black holes tend to gobble up stars and other fuel around them. Sgr A* is thought only to nibble or not eat at all, a process that is not fully understood. When black holes consume fuel -- whether a star, a gas cloud or, as recent Chandra observations have suggested, even an asteroid -- they erupt with extra energy. (nasa.gov)
The lunar matter that is being consumed or eaten by this black hole matter being heated up to about 180 million degrees Fahrenheit (100 million degrees Celsius) and originating from regions where particles are boosted very close to the speed of light as observed by NASA`s NuSTAR state-of-the-art telescope.
This data being analyzed about this particular black hole will give scientists and astronomers a better understanding of the physics of why black holes behave in this manner and the habits of these black holes when it comes to snacking and growing in size.
Chuck Hailey of Columbia University in New York City went on to elaborate further on this topic by saying, "Astronomers have long speculated that the black hole`s snacking should produce copious hard X-rays, but NuSTAR is the first telescope with sufficient sensitivity to actually detect them." (Hailey, C.)
The new images of this can be seen by going to the link: (http://www.nasa.gov/nustar)