NASA began a journey of hunting something which it still represents a mystery, the black holes. The space agency prepared its telescopes for a mission of understanding how such phenomenons happen and exist.
What Do We Understand From a Black Hole?
A black hole is defined as a place with infinite gravity. Such immensity doesn’t let even light to find a way out. The life of a black hole starts with its forming at the end of a star’s life. Meaning that, when all of the star’s mass is gone, it doesn’t have the power anymore to exist and it falls. The materials caused by falling develops an ultra explosion which also leaves some particles. Those collapse into an endless little thing. Scientists called it a singularity. A place around a singularity raise from which nothing can escape, not even light.
Types of Black Holes
Scientists measured and defined them as it follows:
- 1-100 solar size result in a Stellar size;
- 100-100,000 solar size means an Intermediate volume;
- 100,000 to billions of solar size creates the most prominent black hole, the Supermassive one which possesses a mass 100 times higher than Sun’s.
Vast galaxies are known for containing supermassive black holes. The most known is Sagittarius A with a volume of 4.1 million solar sizes and is orbiting by the Sun and the others stars from Milky Way. Galaxy Messier 87 is, however, the one which has the most prominent supermassive black hole having a size of 6.5 billion solar masses.
The space scientists, unfortunately, don’t know that much about the intermediate range of black holes. NASA decided to take action and search for them more.
The Necessary Instruments for Identifying Black Holes
Scientists work with advanced telescopes and well-defined instruments. About the time for haunting for a black hole, Igor Chillingarian, an astrophysicist from the Smithsonian Astrophysicist Observatory came with a statement. He said, “On a timescale of hours, you can do the observational campaign that for classical active galactic nuclei takes months.”