Now you may have heard of a black hole, but what about a supermassive black hole?
Well if you haven’t, I’ll catch you up. A supermassive black hole is the largest type of a black hole and can be on the order from hundreds of thousands to billions of solar masses. Why the science lesson? Well one was just recently discovered.
International astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA and ESA have recently discovered one that was propelled from the center of the distant galaxy 3C186, which is 8 billion light-years away from us earthlings.
One of the astronomers, Stefano Bianchi from the Roma Tre University, Italy described that the black hole itself took the energy of roughly 100 million supernoave that simultaneously exploded to jettison it from its galaxy. Said astronomers have followed up on the discovery and have gathered that the supermassive black hole has a mass that’s one billion time’s of the Sun. That is pretty damn huge.
One scientist noted that it was unusual to see this not in the center were black holes usually reside. The black hole has been calculated to have traveled up to 35,000 light-years, a greater distance than the one between the Sun and the center of the Milky Way, and is still flying at 7.5 million kilometers per hour, meaning that in three minutes it could go from the Earth to the Moon.
Additionally a theory from the team was that two galaxies merged 1-2 billion years ago as a result of each galaxies black holes whirling around each other at the center of this new elliptical galaxy. Bianchi explained, “If our theory is correct, the observations provide strong evidence that supermassive black holes can actually merge. There is already evidence of black hole collisions for stellar-mass black holes, but the process regulating supermassive black holes is more complex and not yet completely understood.”
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