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Old Faithful: Ohio State fellows discover space phenomenon

Data derived from space agency NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has allowed black hole researchers to examine the reliably repeated outbursts of an event dubbed ASASSN-14ko. This involves the violent eruption of light predictably flashing roughly every 114 days.

This phenomenon is most likely a tidal disruption event, known to occur when a star settles slightly too close to a black hole.

It's like an extra-galactic Old Faithful

Ohio State's Patrick Vallely

As a result, the black hole "rips" away pieces of the star, resulting in these flares.

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The team made the discovery using data from space agency NASA and the Ohio State University-operated telescope network.

This landmark black hole research has been heralded as the first clear indications of regular flares erupting from a galaxy's core.

Patrick Vallely of Ohio State and the study’s co-author, said in a statement: "It's really exciting, because we've seen black holes do a lot of things, but we've never seen them do something like this - cause this regular eruption of light - before.

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"It's like an extra-galactic Old Faithful."

The flare originates from the heart of a galaxy positioned approximately 570 million light years away from our planet.

Although such tidal disruption events have been spotted before, these have only really witnessed the star’s destruction.

However, scientists in the latest discovery suspect the star is circling around a supermassive black hole, entering into a cosmic dance.

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Black hole factsBlack hole: ASASSN-14ko is most likely a tidal disruption event (Image: Express)

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