Radio Galaxy With Black Hole Has ‘Fierce Electrical Thunderstorm’ Raging In Its Depths

Observations of the IC 310 radio galaxy have revealed the first lightning flashes observed from a black hole, astronomers say. Credit: Valencian Universities Network for the Promotion of Research, Development and Innovation (RUVID)

Observations of the IC 310 radio galaxy have revealed the first lightning flashes observed from a black hole, astronomers say. Credit: Valencian Universities Network for the Promotion of Research, Development and Innovation (RUVID)

We know black holes are dangerous to people and galactic objects alike due to their immense gravity. But it turns out the galaxies that host supermassive black holes also have stormy interiors, at least according to one new study.

Scientists have found gamma-ray euptions emerging from the center of the IC 310 radio galaxy in Perseus — the strongest such variations in brightness ever found, they say — which they are comparing to a lightning storm.

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