The phenomenon of a black hole in outer space is something which spurns all the laws of astrophysics. In fact, it goes against the very grain of science and the scientific.
What if you were to hear the sound of a rhinoceros coming towards you in the African savannah? And when you look up you see a rat scampering across your line of vision. Wouldn’t you be surprised? Surely you would be. Something similar happened when scientists were detecting signals from outer space that showed something very large. But it turned out to be a baby black hole.
Astrophysicists have been studying black holes and they are fascinated by them. These regions of extreme suction force, from which even light cannot escape, come in three forms. There are stellar black holes which are about the size of a star. The intermediate ones are a hundred to thousand times larger than the sun. Finally we have the super massive types that go into a size that is a billion times that of our sun.
All the mass that gets devoured by black holes releases certain energy signals. That is how astronomers tell the difference between the three types of black holes. While the large black holes emit low-energy X-rays, the small ones give of high-energy X-rays. And that in itself is a paradox if there ever was one. You can well contemplate the scientists’ shock at discovering what they thought was an intermediate black hole that is giving off low-energy X-rays. It in fact turned out to be a small stellar black hole.
A Gemini telescope was employed to study this strange phenomenon. It was a luminous source from a star system with the minute black hole orbiting it. And it upset the scientists’ neat and clean hypotheses. They will have to literally start from scratch. Science may not believe in final forms of knowledge. Yet black holes are such a maddening experience that they even befuddle the topmost scientists.
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