Home of Flickering Black Hole
This is an image of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 (lower center) and its companion galaxy SDSS J1354+1328 (upper right). The inset panel to the right is a four-color image that combines Hubble red, green and blue filtered exposures with Chandra X-ray observations colored purple. The Hubble image shows the northern bubble of hot ionized gas in the vicinity of a supermassive black hole. The black hole appears to have blasted out jets of bright light from gas it’s accreting from thecompanion galaxy. This happened twice in the past 100,000 years. While astronomers have predicted such objects can flicker on and off as a result of gas-feeding events, this is the first time one has convincingly been caught in the act. The galaxy pair is 800 million light-years from Earth.