Black holes were recently in the spotlight when experts were able to create a wormhole using two black holes.
For a while now, cosmologists have been taking a look back to the beginnings of the Universe, and they seem to have discovered something pretty strange.
Black holes formed too early
It’s been reported that a bunch of supermassive black holes was formed in a time when it would have been much too early for them to form, reports Science Alert. This was because of the fact that they were extremely massive objects.
The question was, how did they exactly get to become so huge, and this was what was puzzling experts. But it seems that a new surprise discovery might have given them an answer.
The online publication mentioned above explained that “The disc of dust and gas around a supermassive black hole is moving in such a way that it’s slurping down material faster than it would normally.”
In other words, it’s gaining mass faster than expected – and such a thing could explain what truly happened back in the earliest days of our Universe.
“The location of this anomalous black hole is the heart of a galaxy called Messier 77, or NGC 1068, around 47 million light-years away,” the online publication continues.
It seems that due to this reason, the black hole is surrounded by a massive cloud that is shaped like a doughnut and it’s able to obscure it and the accretion disc.
When we’re looking at the black hole in radio wavelengths, there can be spotted more details. This is exactly what a team of experts did use the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile – experts noticed something pretty unexpected.
Experts notice something surprising
“We found two discs of gas rotating in opposite directions,” according to astronomer Violette Impellizzeri of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).
She continued and said: “Counter-rotating gas streams are unstable, which means that clouds fall into the black hole faster than they do in a disk with a single rotation direction. This could be a way in which a black hole can grow rapidly.”
We recommend that you read more in the original article of the online publication mentioned above.