Not too long ago, it’s been revealed that there’s a strange anomaly that could allow the discovery of millions of hidden black holes around Milky Way.
Another strange discovery at the center of Milky Way
Now, there’s another strange discovery that was just made near the center of our galaxy.
It’s been just reported that astronomers have found some pretty unusual movements of gas clouds near the center of Milky Way and these could be pointing the way to the most elusive species of black holes.
It’s been also reported that for a really long time, experts were not even sure if these black holes even existed.
Researchers who are tracking the gasses in the middle of Milky Way have reached the conclusion that the clouds are currently orbiting an object which is 10,000 times the mass of our Sun, and when they are looking at the location where this object should be, there is nothing there.
According to the online publication Science Alert, the “explanation is a quiescent black hole, one that isn’t actively feeding, and therefore is emitting no detectable radiation.”
The publication continues and notes that “It is, the researchers say, the fifth such candidate in the galactic center, mounting evidence that not only do intermediate-mass black holes exist but that they’re abundant in the heart of the Milky Way.”
What are intermediate black holes?
It’s explained that an intermediate black hole is what it sounds like. Stellar mass black holes are up to 100 times the mass of the Sun, and these definitely exist.
The biggest black hole that experts have detected so far is 62 solar masses, and this has been created by the merger of two black holes in the gravitational wave event GW150914.
More than that, supermassive black holes exist as well, and they power galaxies. It’s been revealed that these start at about 100,000 solar masses.
And, as you may have already guessed, the black holes that are in between these two types are called intermediate black holes.
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