NASA's telescope uncovers disk around black hole that shouldn't exist


There's really nothing in the universe that can compare to the awesome power of a supermassive black hole. When the black holes finally meet, nobody knows what will happen, and astronomers can only guess what the result might be. Some astronomers believes that once two supermassive black holes get close enough together, reducing their distance to 1 parsec (3.2 light years), they may dance for an eternity.

Supermassive black holes are usually found at the center of large galaxies, including our own Milky Way. "For its time in history, the galaxy harboring the newfound supermassive black hole pair is the most luminous galaxy in the universe".

An worldwide team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found a thin disk whirling around a supermassive black hole 130 million light-years away, but the disk shouldn't exist there based on current theories. The two black holes will continue to get closer to one another sending out large ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, which will be detected again on Earth.

"It's a major embarrassment for astronomy that we don't know if supermassive black holes merge", Princeton astrophysicist Jenny Greene said in the press release. "For everyone in black hole physics, observationally it is a lengthy-standing puzzle that we need to solve".

The study published on Thursday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society showed that the donut-shaped disk encircling a malnourished black hole with inadequate material for its fodder unexpectedly mimics those much more powerful disks found in extremely active galaxies with monster black holes. In recent days, the black holes are already emitting theses gravitational waves, but even at light speed the waves won't reach us for billion years.

Astronomers don't have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest supermassive black holes collision in the cosmos.

But whether the black holes crash or freeze, the near approach of two objects of such unimaginable size will be a hugely powerful phenomenon.

If the final parsec problem doesn't exist, then astronomers expect that the universe is filled with the clamor of gravitational waves from supermassive black hole pairs. However, this particular black hole, spotted by a team using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shouldn't exist. What's more, the galaxy's core is shooting out two unusually colossal plumes of gas. However, researchers are now unclear as to the time it takes for black holes to merge - or indeed, if they merge at all. In case of this newly detected pair, the due is still useful, and their discovery could aid scientists to gauge what number of nearby supermassive black holes are discharging gravitational waves that we could recognize now. "When they pointed Hubble at it to uncover the origins of its spectacular gas clouds, the researchers discovered that the system contained not one but two massive black holes".