Scientists may have lost track of the supermassive black hole

Scientists may have lost track of the supermassive black hole

There, somewhere in the universe, there could be a transient black hole that is no longer at the center of its galaxy. In a journal published by the American Astronomical Society, scientists note that the supermassive black hole believed to be the center of Abel 2261 may no longer exist there. Instead, scientists say it could have been removed from its galaxy due to a process known as gravitational wave bounce.

During recoil, two black holes essentially merge near each other, sending ripples through space. In theory, these ripples could push the black hole away from its current location, according to a report it presented Forbes. “This is enough to completely expel the black hole from the galaxy and it has long since disappeared. The paper’s chief astronomer Keihan Gultkin told the magazine,” The atmosphere will be in the intergalactic space.

In the article, the magazine’s primary publishers make sure to indicate that its current position could still be technical; It is only that they are unable to locate it now that they have located it on previous occasions.

“However, Gultkin says it is too early to conclude that there is no supermassive black hole in the A2261-BCG,” Forbes Add. “But if it wasn’t there, it would be the only large galaxy that was discovered without such a huge black hole at its center. Even the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is relatively quiet but there.”

In an interview with Vice Last summer, Gultkin admitted that there is still a lot to learn about black holes, and solving this puzzle could go a long way in answering some of the biggest outstanding questions.

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“What excites me most is the identification of supermassive black holes through gravitational waves,” said Gultkin. “We need to know for sure that they are fusing and that this would be one way to prove that this is happening.”

He added, “There are all kinds of things that you can learn using gravitational waves around supermassive black holes, as populations or individual sources, that are really difficult or impossible to learn using conventional electromagnetic astronomy.”

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