A Distant Galaxy Is Flaring With Strange Regularity, And Scientists Have Figured Out Why(Science Alert)
In case you’re like us, you’ve probably been hoping for science headlines to come about that answer questions you’ve had for a while. Thankfully, that was what we saw here. We knew that every 114 days a galaxy roughly 570 million lightyears away randomly lights up like the Grizwald home from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It was never really confirmed why this happened. However, astronomers have now managed to figure out why!
After several studies, researchers found that at the center of the galaxy ESO 253-G003, a supermassive black hole orbits a star that gives us this amazing flare of light across multiple wavelengths. Scientists even gave it the nickname “Old Faithful” due to this. Originally, it was thought that a supernova gave us this light. It is uncertain how long this supermassive black hole has been dancing around with the ESO star. However, researchers feel this will give them a great chance to study black holes.