Hubble Space Telescope Spotted a Peculiar Black Hole ​

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Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a mysterious black hole that scientists claim it should not exist. The powerful instrument is managed by ESA and NASA, and it does an impressive job at finding objects laying in the distant regions of space.

Black holes, which are, in fact, impossible to see, are betrayed by the galaxies that usually surround them. The new observations have unveiled a black hole in a rather peculiar state: it has an accretion disc that scientists say it should not be there. At least according to current levels of understanding of the universe.

A divergent black hole

The black hole can be spotted at the core of the galaxy named NGC 3147, a spiral galaxy located about 130 million light-years from Earth. Because of the condition of the galaxy, scientists would have assumed that the black hole was basically ravenous, but the existence of the disc of material eliminates that guess.

Living galaxies that feed supermassive black holes at their cores, usually generate a disc of debris that surrounds the black hole. When material approaches it is absorbed but is less active galaxies, the black holes don’t have the gravitational pull to keep on swallowing material from the encircling galaxy.

However, scientists say that NGC 3147 should be one of those mysterious galaxies. They thought that its black hole was starving for material before they saw the accretion disc rapidly traveling around the center at more than 10 percent the speed of light. This is the type of thing researchers would expect to spot circling a black hole that is eating away the matter at the core of a much more active galaxy.

The team of scientists plans to per into similar galaxies to determine whether this observation is common or it just represents a weird anomaly.


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