Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Scientists claim discovery of massive black hole in Milky Way

Scientists claim discovery of massive black hole in 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. We're not really sure that IMBHs even exist, as they've proven to be quite elusive, but this seems to be a very promising candidate.

Astrophysicists have suspected an intermediate class of black hole might exist - with masses between a hundred and several hundred thousand times that of the Sun. This particular black hole would be on the range of 100,000 solar masses.

Prof Oka, of Keio University in Japan said it is widely accepted black holes with masses greater than a million solar masses lurk at the centres of massive galaxies, but their origins remain unknown.

They discovered that the movement of the gases, which include carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, was caused by vast gravitational forces. Scientists believe that it is a special type of black hole which has never been identified before, but many scientists have hypothesized about their existence.

Scientists believe that with sufficient studies and evidence, IMBHs will become the missing link that will shed light to how cosmic objects evolve and explain the creation of supermassive black holes.

The southern sky showing the Milky Way and its dark lanes of dust hiding Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the galactic center.

Oka has yet to say if that'll result in the destruction of the world as we know it and we'll be sucked up into and destroyed by a vortex of incredible nothingness. This discovery shows that very young black holes grew more aggressively than previously thought, in tandem with the growth of their host galaxies.

Oka and his team followed up their observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory in Chile, and have now reported their findings in a paper published this week in the journal Nature Astronomy. Better yet, just next to the clump, they found a source of radio waves that was very similar to those generated from the giant black hole at the center of Milky Way, but 500 times weaker.

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In the past, astronomers have conjectured that SMBHs are formed by the merger of smaller black holes, which implied the existence of intermediate ones. The properties exhibited by the molecular cloud are being associated to gravitational kicks that are caused by invisible compact objects that usually weigh about 105, 000 solar masses.

Researchers will continue to study this IMBH in order to understand its nature in a detailed manner.

"We think some of those black holes are the seeds from which the much larger supermassive black holes grow to at least a million times more massive".

According to theories, the Milky Way should be home to about 100 million smaller black holes, but only 60 have been found.

The concept of Black holes was firstly predicted by Albert Einstein. Instead, the scientists suggest it is the former core of a dwarf galaxy that has been subsumed into the Milky Way, stripped of its stars, and is destined to one day fall into Sgr A*.

"Further detection of such compact high-velocity features in various environments may increase the number of non-luminous black hole candidate and thereby increase targets to search for evidential proof of general relativity".

'This would make a considerable contribution to the progress of modern physics'.

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