Black Hole Supports Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away

A recent discovery, developed by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and some other telescopes, shows how a black hole is acting as a stellar kick-starter. The black hole seems to have intensified star creation more than one million light-years away.

Roberto Gilli, from the National Institute of Astrophysics in Italy, and lead author of the research, explained such a discovery. He said: “This is the first time we’ve seen a single black hole boost star birth in more than one galaxy at a time. […] one galaxy’s black hole can have a say in what happens in other galaxies millions of trillions of miles away.”

The supermassive black hole researchers identified in their new study is situated in the core of a galaxy almost 9.9 billion light-years from our planet. Such a galaxy possesses around seven near galaxies, according to observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope, as well.

Black Hole Supports Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away

Researchers identified radio-wave emission from a jet of high-energy matter that is almost a million light-years long. Moreover, the jet can be traced back to the supermassive black hole, which Chandra identified as a strong origin of X-rays made by hot gas circling the black hole.

Gilli and his team had also identified a scattered cloud of X-ray emission surrounding one end of the radio jet. Such an X-ray discharge came most probably from a massive bubble of hot gas warmed by the meeting of the energetic matter in the radio jet with surrounding particles.

Alessandro Peca, a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami, came with more details. He stated: “Black holes have a well-earned reputation for being powerful and deadly, but not always. This is a prime example that they sometimes defy that stereotype and can be nurturing instead.”

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