In a rare discovery, scientists have found “tsunami-like” eruptions in space, a phenomenon that typically causes waves to roll that displace seawater here on earth. Using computer simulations, NASA researchers discovered the pull of a supermassive black hole.
Separately, NASA also used its official Instagram account to post the “unthinkable” image of a supermassive black hole shrouded in dust with strange features of the nearby gas. “High-energy X-rays from the disk surrounding the black hole interact with this gas and result in two unusual properties: tsunamis, which are the light blue” waves “on the disk, and a Kármán vortex on the orange road,” said the NASA. In addition, the Space Administration revealed that computer simulations showed that these “tsunami” phenomena occurring in a supermassive black hole would be extremely large, in the light-year range.
NASA stated that about the distance at which the supermassive black hole loses control of surrounding matter, a relatively cold atmosphere exists. This is exactly where the rapidly rotating disk of the supermassive black hole forms waves, similar to the one observed, above the sea surface when the tsunami rises. “By interacting with hot winds, which can be ten times hotter than the sun, these waves can plunge into spiral vortex structures that can reach a height of 10 light-years above the disk,” NASA wrote in the paper.
According to NASA, instead of an underwater volcanic eruption that causes tsunamis, hot gas bubbles at the edge of the accretion disk of supermassive black holes trigger the outward-spreading disruptions that form the giant structures. The Black hole’s center has relativistic jets at its poles as well as a strange thick layer of material blocking the activity of the core. A plasma with incredibly bright X-rays circulates above this disk.
Simulations show for the first time that the area in which the supermassive black hole loses control of the surrounding matter and the relatively cool atmosphere of the rotating disk has “wave-like structures” similar to the sea surface. interact with hot winds, spiraling into vortex structures that can reach a height of 10 light years above the disk, resulting in the formation of tsunami-shaped clouds that are no longer affected by the black hole’s gravity as they are twice as far from the sun and its closest star, about 4 light years.