Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:23

NASA landmark discovery: Astronomers find SUPERMASSIVE black hole hurtling through galaxy

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NASA is in hot pursuit of a supermassive black hole that is hurtling through its galaxy.

NASA finds astonishing supermassive black hole HURTLING through galaxy

The huge phenomenon which has a mass of approximately 160 million times that of our sun and is being propelled at an astonishing speed.

Boffins at NASA believe that it could have been formed when two smaller black holes collided and merged. 

However, the experts believe that the gravitational waves generated by the clash could be stronger in one direction, causing the supermassive black hole, which are usually stationary and consume everything that crosses their path due to their immense gravitational pull, to be shot across the universe.

NASA said in a statement: “The strength of the kick depends on the rate and direction of spin of the two smaller black holes before they merge.

supermassive black hole
After all of this searching, a good candidate for a recoiling black hole was discovered.”

“Therefore, information about these important but elusive properties can be obtained by studying the speed of recoiling black holes.”

Scientists found the recoiling supermassive black hole candidate, which is in a galaxy 3.9 billion light years from Earth, by “sifting through X-ray and optical data for thousands of galaxies”.

 

 

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NASA believes two black holes merged

They used observations from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to look for X-ray emissions and correlated their findings with images from the Hubble Space Telescope to see if the supermassive blackhole is moving.

NASA said: “After all of this searching, a good candidate for a recoiling black hole was discovered.”

It added: “The host galaxy of the possible recoiling black hole also shows some evidence of disturbance in its outer regions, which is an indication that a merger between two galaxies occurred in the relatively recent past. 

“Since supermassive black hole mergers are thought to occur when their host galaxies merge, this information supports the idea of a recoiling black hole in the system.”

Source: This article was published express.co.uk By SEAN MARTIN

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