Spitzer Space Telescope discovers supermassive black hole

Spitzer Space Telescope discovers supermassive black hole
The supermassive black hole is located at the center of the Andromeda galaxy. – ESA/Hubble/NASA/C Kilpatrick

Looking deep into space, scientists using the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope revealed something mysterious about a supermassive black hole 2.5 million light-years away that is billions of times more massive than our Sun.

New findings published in astronomical magazineand quoted by space.com It was suggested that large streams of gas and dust were moving towards a supermassive black hole located at the center of the Andromeda galaxy.

According to reports, the cosmic feast hosted by such a massive black hole happens silently.

Monsters that feed on massive cosmic matter have been identified before, but the diet of other black holes like this one was unknown.

The findings suggest that such black holes eat large streams of gas at such a steady pace that their brightness fluctuates as they form a spiral around the giant devourer.

According to NASA, this activity is similar to water coming down a drain.

“This is a great example of scientists re-examining archival data to reveal more about the dynamics of the galaxy by comparing it with the latest computer simulations,” said study co-author Almudena Prieto, of the University of the Canary Islands and He is an astrophysicist at the Institute of Astrophysics. Observatory Munich said in a statement.

“We have 20 years of data telling us things that we didn't recognize in it when we first collected it.”

Scientists concluded that streams of matter must move at a constant speed with a particular shape, otherwise the black hole would belch, changing its brightness.

The current findings challenge the notion that all giants eat nearby matter in the same way.

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