Two studies on two distinct black holes showed that both singularities have something in common. According to the observations, both black holes, from different regions of space, devour the surrounding matter.
One of the black holes is Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists spotted that this singularity eats up the surrounding matter as never seen before. “The enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy is having an unusually large meal of interstellar gas and dust, and researchers don’t yet understand why,” wrote the researchers in their study.
“We have never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied the supermassive black hole. It’s usually a pretty quiet, wimpy black hole on a diet. We don’t know what is driving this big feast,” explained Andrea Ghez, a UCLA professor and a co-senior author of the study.
Two Black Holes From Different Regions Of Space Are Devouring Their Surrounding Matter
Observing black holes that devour their surrounding matter are scarce discoveries by scientists. However, the new research conducted by scientists proved that, at the same time, two black holes from different regions of space could eat up the material around them.
“The big question is whether the black hole is entering a new phase — for example, if the spigot has been turned up and the rate of gas falling down the black hole ‘drain’ has increased for an extended period — or whether we have just seen the fireworks from a few unusual blobs of gas falling in,” explained Mark Morris, the study’s co-senior author.
However, the scientists explained that there is no danger for our planet so that we should not worry about the two black holes that are devouring their surrounding matter. “It was like doing LASIK surgery on our early images. We collected the data to answer one question and serendipitously unveiled other exciting scientific discoveries that we didn’t anticipate,” explained Andrea Ghez from UCLA.