QR.bizNewsA bizarre black hole has a disc that shouldn’t be there

A bizarre black hole has a disc that shouldn’t be there

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. The researchers said that the discovery offers a unique opportunity to test Albert Einstein's theories of relativity.

Astronomers have spotted something unusual around a supermassive black hole which shouldn't be there in the first place.

A monster black hole lurks at the center of NGC 3147 with a swirling disk of gas and light that. shouldn't exist. "We found gas in motion producing features we can explain only as being produced by material rotating in a thin disk very close to the black hole".

The light visible from the black hole disc in NGC 3147 might well help in an analysis of both general relativity and special relativity - how space, time, light and gravity fit together.

The scientists say that in light of the latest findings, they would like to search for other discs surrounding black holes in similar low luminosity galaxies to NGC 3147. These kind of black holes generally don't form disks of material - that's reserved for the well-fed cosmic beasts.

Successful detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes would give astrophysicists a better understanding of how massive galaxies and black holes evolve. One of the researchers who contributed to the paper stated that a disc of this type tends to be encountered among galaxies which are up to 100,000 more luminous the one which was surveyed by the team.

This is not the first time a black hole has been observed behaving strangely.

However, scientists say that NGC 3147 should be one of those mysterious galaxies. STIS was integral to effectively observing the low-luminosity region around the black hole, blocking out the galaxy's brilliant light. However, without Hubble and its Imaging Spectrograph, astronomers wouldn't have been able to detect the peculiar black hole. "The luminosities of the stars in the galaxy outshine anything in the nucleus". They are as scary as they are intriguing and now, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has added another interesting tidbit into the pile of things we don't understand about them.

The global team of astronomers in this study consists of Stefano Bianchi (Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Robert Antonucci (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), Alessandro Capetti (INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Italy), Marco Chiaberge (Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA), Ari Laor (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel), Loredana Bassani (INAF/IASF Bologna, Italy), Francisco J. Carrera (CSIC-Universidad de Cantabria, Spain), Fabio La Franca (Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Andrea Marinucci (Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Giorgio Matt1 (Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Riccardo Middei (Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Francesca Panessa (INAF Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Italy). NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. Goulding, Mingarelli and collaborators from Princeton and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., report the discovery July 10 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Goulding, Greene and the other observational astronomers on the team detected the two titans with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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