Forbes analyzes the most energetic event in the whole Universe.
They start their article by noting the fact that during the past week, NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory was able to mark a significant milestone when it revealed the mosy energetic explosive event that’s been discovered in the Universe.
A supermassive black hole just emitted a huge jet
It’s been reported that in a galaxy cluster that’s about 390 million light-years away, there’s a supermassive black hole that emitted a jet which created a massive cavity in the intergalactic space of the galaxy cluster.
This was more energy than any event the Universe has seen since the Big Bang.
But, as Forbes notes, there’s another class of events in the Universe that can output even more energy and in a shorter amount of time. This is the merger of two supermassive black holes.
Experts have never seen this so far, but it’s probably just a matter of time before such a thing happens.
The same online publication mentioned above notes that when this is revealed, it will become the most energetic event in the Universe.
Two key points in such a huge event
After detailing how this would happen, Forbes also addresses two particular points that are incredibly interesting about a black hole-black hole merger.
The very first observation made by the online publication is that “In all cases, the peak power that was emitted, or energy-per-time, was about the same. They all outshone all the stars in the Universe, combined, for a tiny fraction-of-a-second, but the more massive mergers had their peak power output occur over longer periods of time, emitting more total energy.”
Forbes mentions the second important point in such an event: “You can make a very simple approximation for the total amount of energy released in gravitational waves in a black hole-black hole merger: about 10% of the mass of the lower-mass black hole gets converted into pure energy, via Einstein’s E = mc2.”
We recommend that you check out the complete article for learning more interesting and exciting data about such massive events in the Universe.