There May Be A New Supermassive Black Hole In The Milky Way

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

If it is indeed a black hole, it would be the second largest in the Milky Way, following Sagittarius A.

Yet, the Intermediate Mass Black Holes (IMBHs) have been considered as a missing link in the cosmic objects' evolution and science behind the formation of the supermassive black holes. The researchers spotted what appeared to be a huge cloud of gas behaving oddly in the interior of the Milky Way. This unusual movement perplexed the researchers, so they made a decision to point the powerful ALMA telescope in Chile's Atacam desert at the cloud. Unlike those that make up other interstellar clouds, the gases in this cloud - including hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide - move at wildly different speeds. The cause of that, according to computer models, was a black hole no more than 1.4 trillion km across.

Scientists have found the most persuasive evidence yet that support the existence of a mid-sized black hole in the heart of the #Milky Way.

Given that the sun is over a hundred times the size of our little planet, that means this black hole is an absolutely ridiculous size. But there's one particular size of black hole that has been especially evasive, even though astronomers have theorized that they should be plentiful. One hypothesis is that smaller black holes blend into bigger ones and these meet up to frame supermassive black holes at the hearts of universes, however up to this point, no complete proof of the dark hole has been found.

Finding an IMBH would open up a new avenue of research in understanding supermassive black holes-black holes that can be billions of times the mass of the sun that sit at the center of most massive galaxies, including the Milky Way.

A black hole is a region of space that has such an extremely powerful gravitational field that it absorbs all the light that passes near it and reflects none.

"The most exciting thing is the likelihood that intermediate mass black holes are real", Schawinski says. Simulations of the gas movements suggested it harbored a black hole of 100,000 solar masses.

Black holes are hard to see because they don't emit their own light.

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The study said, "It is widely accepted that black holes with masses greater than a million solar masses lurk at the centers of massive galaxies". According to theoretical studies, over 100 million black holes exist in the Milky Way.

Oka, whose exploration is distributed in the diary Nature Astronomy, said the recently discovered black hole could be the center of an old dwarf galaxy that was torn apart amid the arrangement of the Milky Way billions of years prior.

Although it is well established they reside in seemingly all galaxies we do not know how they get so enormous.

The concept of Black holes was firstly predicted by Albert Einstein.

Scientists have discovered a unusual and huge Black Hole at the heart of the Milky way hiding within a cloud filled in with molecular gas.

Galaxies like the Milky Way are thought to have been formed from the merger of multiple dwarf galaxies, and the remains of some continue to orbit our galaxy.

They conclude their paper by saying that such a discovery would make a considerable contribution to the progress of modern physics.