Astrophysicist Finds Massive Black Hole in an Unexpected Place

Black holes are by far the most mysterious cosmic objects out there. Nobody knows for sure what happens to the matter that gets sucked into such structures, nor where it goes to. Some astrophysicists even believe that black holes can be portals to other universes, but those are just theories.

A new lot of massive black holes are baffling the minds of scientists since they have been located in some areas where nobody was expecting to find them: in dwarf galaxies.

The dwarf galaxies should have been too small to host the black holes

The massive black holes from the dwarf galaxies have been discovered after a new research led by MSU astrophysicist Amy Reines from Montana State University. The National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory had been used for examining 111 dwarf galaxies.

Reines stated very clear:

All of the black holes I had found before were in the centers of galaxies,

These were roaming around the outskirts. I was blown away when I saw this.

Therefore, very few scientists could have expected that massive black holes can exist near the edge of dwarf galaxies. However, Jillian Bellovary, an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College in New York, already suspected the strange hypothesis after she made some computer simulations.

The findings can only provide us new insights into the understanding of how black holes work, and we do need such knowledge. Unfortunately for us, nobody can dive into a black hole and survive so that he can share his experience with us. The gravitational force is enormous, so chances are practically zero for someone to survive such a dive.

Reines’ paper has been dubbed “A New Sample of (Wandering) Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies from High Resolution Radio Observations,”. It has been published on January 3, 2020 in The Astrophysical Journal.

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