Black holes are incredibly powerful celestial objects known for absorbing everything and anything; not even light can escape from its gravitational force. However, it looks like there is a thing that does.
According to all experts from Einstein to Hawking, a black hole is a one-way ticket to the unknown. However, scientists discovered a supermassive black hole that exploded. The explosion was extremely powerful that it had torn the horizon fields apart of the actual black hole edge.
Black holes are destructive, but the explosion of a black hole is the by far the most damaging event that could happen in space-time ever since the creation of the universe. It is the most destructive thing after the Big Bang.
The aftermath of the supermassive black hole explosion
The explosion struck a hole in the cluster plasma surrounding the black hole. The hole is the size of 15 Milky Ways, which means 15 times the galaxy that contains our Solar System. Our galaxy is the home of 200 billion stars similar to our Sun. To have a better image of the size of our galaxy, think about NASA’s Voyager satellite. It would take more than 1,700 million years to cross the Milky Way at a 62,000kmh speed.
The enormous hole was seen in the Ophiuchus galaxy, which is around 390 million light-years from our planet. Scientists initially thought that the powerful blast was just a measurement mistake, but it turned out to be a 15 Milky Ways wide crater.
“We’ve seen outbursts in the centers of galaxies before, but this one is really, really massive, and we don’t know why it’s so big,” said Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. “But it happened very slowly—like an explosion in slow motion that took place over hundreds of millions of years.”
“The difference is that you could fit 15 Milky Way galaxies in a row into the crater this eruption punched into the cluster’s hot gas,” said Dr. Simona Giacintucci, the lead author of the study from the Naval Research Laboratory in the United States