back to article Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped

The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display. As NASA explained in a statement: “The two-course meal for the black hole comes from a companion galaxy that collided with J1354 in the past. This collision produced a stream of stars and gas that links J1354 and …

  1. Scroticus Canis
    Coat

    Occam's Razor: If the first one was a burp going southwards...

    ... then the one going north from the other end must have been a fart.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Occam's Razor: If the first one was a burp going southwards...

      Maybe the black hole's meal was heavy on beans, always produces a lot of gas...

      I'd also better be going

      1. Mpeler
        Pint

        Re: Occam's Razor: If the first one was a burp going southwards...

        Refired beans, as it were...

        Goes well with cheddar cheese, cilantro, salsa and some bottles of your favourite cerveza...

  2. ravenviz

    Some galaxies seem pretty screwed for life as we know it.

    1. HelpfulJohn Bronze badge

      If you look carefully at ours over its history, the Milky Way isn't too safe a place for life. Not long-term and not globally. Certainly the big shiny Centre isn't hospitable and almost every star much larger than Sol is too burny and too short-lived to have nice vacation homes around it. Red dwarves, which are 70-80% of all stars are probably not burny enough though they do have the advantage of living just about forever.

      Life is probably extremely rare in the cosmos.

      I wouldn't be astonished were it confined, at least for the last 13 gigayears and maybe some more to come, to one planet.

      Or, if Man has his way, to none in the very near future.

  3. TSM

    Turn it off and on again

    So, as I understand it, the galaxy isn't working correctly and someone's trying some basic troubleshooting?

    1. HelpfulJohn Bronze badge

      Re: Turn it off and on again

      The *galaxy* works just fine.

      It's the hole at the bottom that's causing iffy's.

      They should have used LISP.

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