Giant radiation bubbles created by monster black hole feeding frenzy, new study suggests

Two giant bubbles of gamma rays and X-rays that erupted from the center of the Milky Way may stem from a supermassive black hole‘s feeding frenzy at the heart of the galaxy, a new study finds.

Recently, the X-ray telescope eROSITA onboard the Spektr-RG space observatory discovered a pair of gigantic X-ray-emitting bubbles, each about 36,000 light-years tall and 45,600 light-years wide, that exploded above and below the heart of the galaxy. These blobs are remarkably similar to huge gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected in 2010, as well as counterparts detected using both microwave and radio telescopes.