Nearly Naked Supermassive Black Hole Found

Posted: Nov 3 2016, 12:46pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Nearly Naked Supermassive Black Hole Found
Artist's conception of how the "nearly naked" supermassive black hole originated. Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF
  • Almost Naked Mega-Black Hole is a Structure to be Reckoned With

An almost naked mega-black hole is a structure to be reckoned with in the universe. It has been detected by the radio telescopes.

Astronomy came to the rescue once again when a superior radio telescope detected the torn-apart remnants of a galaxy that supposedly entered another larger galaxy.

What occurred was that this left the smaller galaxy’s nearly naked black hole intact. It emerged and sped away at the rate of 2000 miles per second. These two galaxies are a part of a cluster that is 2 billion light years away from the earth.

This took place millions of years ago. The smaller galaxy was shredded of all its stars and gaseous elements. The black hole that was left over from the ordeal was 3000 light years in its total span.

Our own Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light years in its total span. The detection of the black hole left over from this action so far away was made during a project. The goal of this project was to find super black holes that are millions and even billions of times more massive than the sun.

These mega-black holes are not located at the center of the galaxies. Large galaxies are thought to be built by their devouring ability as they engulf smaller galaxies.

The extremely large black holes are however located towards the central region of the galaxy. The black holes of the larger and smaller galaxies merge with one another during the process.

Yet here what was found was a black hole that was speeding away from the larger galaxy. It was leaving a lot of flotsam and jetsam behind it as a tailwind. Such a sight has never been seen before.

High resolution images of over 1200 galaxies were made using the instruments of astronomical precision. A single object in ZwCI 8193 however did not meet the criteria. It is actually a super massive black hole surrounded by a tinier and dimmer galaxy.

As for the speeding remnant, it will be reduced in mass and not engage in the formation of new stars. Within a billion years, this structure will have lost all its substance. The astronomers will continue to scour the skies for signs of newer astronomical phenomena.

Findings of this research got published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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