How Concerned are the Astronomers about Black Holes


For astronomers any chance to discover something is fully appreciated, but what they can do if the received information it’s just, well…too much or there are too many questions? A close observation about a new discovery will show us a sneak peak of what could it be dangerous or not for our universe.

When a group of astronomers collaborate and figure it out how some images from the Hubble Space Telescope could make a huge impact on our universe, things just get dramatically down, literally. They detected two supermassive black holes on an impact course, 2.5 billion light-years from our planet. These two characters, let’s say, in our story have a big role. They will continue to get closer and closer transporting out immense undulations in space time, or as they are known, gravitational waves, which can be spotted back on our planet. Good news, we must acknowledge the fact that we are more than safe now, because it’s impossible for the astronomers to detect their signal for billions of years, in fact this thing actually helps them learn more about the phenomenon.

The study, stated in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on July 10, portrays the two supermassive black holes representing a mass of over 800 million times than our sun. The galaxy holds the black holes, known as SDSS J1010+1413, which caught the attention of observational astronomers due to the fact that it is impressively bright. The astronomers used the most advanced part of the Hubble Space Telescope, its Wide Field Camera 3, and they observed the supermassive black holes.

To get a better idea about the supermassive black holes, we must learn about their provenience, movement and actions. It is stated that they usually could be found at the core of galaxies, that means our own galaxy, too! They create a spinning movement together, chaotically when a galaxy is merging, moving in a near-endless dance until they finally merge as well. However, it’s not clear exactly if this process happens at all or how time it could take. For Professor Jenny Greene things are really puzzled, because of the embarrassment caused by the fact that it is unknown if the supermassive black holes merge at all. Other astronomers believed that if the possibility for two supermassive black holes to merge it exists then it would be possible by reducing their distance to 3.2 light-years, and they would result in a forever spin.

The physicists also explain how rare these discoveries are, explaining the fact that this represents the first example of a close group of such massive black holes that they’ve noticed. Also, they declare that in the near future it will exist the possibility of over 100 supermassive black holes emitting gravitational waves. This could help astronomers detect the gravitational wave background and identify the new supermassive black holes.

Until then though, it’s better for us to remain only silent observers, and to continue to spy with our eyes the cosmos.


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