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NASA detects something unusual around supermassive black hole that shouldn't exist

NASA detects something unusual around supermassive black hole that shouldn't exist

Using the Hubble Space Telescope-jointly operated by NASA and the European Space Agency-an worldwide team of astronomers have observed an unexpected swirling disc of material surrounding the black hole, which is located at the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 around 130 million light-years away from Earth.

A monster black hole lurks at the center of NGC 3147 with a swirling disk of gas and light that. shouldn't exist.

The disc is a scaled down quasar - a celestial object that emits an exceptional amount of energy - that's normally found in objects that are at least a 1000 times brighter. "The predictions of current models for very faint active galaxies clearly failed".

The team hopes to use Hubble to hunt for other very compact discs around low-luminosity black holes in similar active galaxies as it enables them to test Albert Einstein's theories of relativity.

"We've never seen the effects of both general and special relativity in visible light with this much clarity", Marco Chiaberge, another author of the study from Johns Hopkins University, said in a statement.

This new discovery proves just how odd and weird black holes are, scientists are now currently attempting to see if this is just a singular anomaly or a universe level trend that could add to our understanding of black holes. After the researchers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at the galaxy to uncover the origins of its spectacular gas clouds, they discovered that the system contained not one but two massive black holes.

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The black hole at the center of NGC 3147, about 130 million light-years from Earth, is kind of in a bad way. However, this particular black hole is spotted with a disk of materials moving around it at 10 percent the speed of light.

Also, it seems that based on the location of the other known supermassive black holes, the scientists are expecting to pick up the ways that are given of by other crashes within the next 5 years or so, according to the same press release.

The pair of black holes is more than just supermassive, each black hole has a mass of more than 800 million suns.

Because the gas disc is so deeply embedded in the black hole, the light can't escape, so it looks stretched. This diagnostic tool divides the light from an object into its many individual wavelengths to determine the object's speed, temperature, and other characteristics at very high precision. The instrument was key to looking into the low-luminosity area around the black hole. "The luminosities of the stars in the galaxy outshine anything in the nucleus". They are as scary as they are intriguing and now, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has added another interesting tidbit into the pile of things we don't understand about them.

The team's paper will appear online today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.