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Impossible: Astronomers were left confused by the Queensland Times



NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a supermassive black hole that defies current theories of the universe and should not exist.

The mysterious black hole is in the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 and weighs about 250 million times more than the Sun.

The black hole phenomenon NGC 3147 is described in the Journal of Monthly Notifications on Astronomy Royal Astronomical Society.

The black hole is surrounded by a thin disk, composed of residues and gas that spreads around the edge of the hole.

It is this disc that confuses astronomers because it should not technically be there.

This is because the black hole is actually 'hungry' because a large gravitational field does not catch enough material, and it's hungry. Black holes do not form discs of material – or so scientists think.

The lead author of the study, Stefano Bianchi, said: "It's the same type of disc we see in objects that are 1000 or even 100,000 times brighter.

"The predictions of the current models of gas dynamics in very weak active galaxies have obviously failed."

The first image of the black hole in the M87 galaxy, published by astronomers using the Event Horizon telescope. CREDIT: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration For Martine George's column for Hobart Mercury

The first image of the black hole in the M87 galaxy, published by astronomers using the Event Horizon telescope. CREDIT: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration For Martine George's column for Hobart Mercury

The black hole, which is about 130 million light-years away from Earth, has a disc that rotates around at an average of 18,628 miles per second-that is, 10% of the speed of light.

Discovery of this disc allowed astronomers to see two Einstein's theories of relativity in action and to help them understand the process that happens on the edge of black holes.

Bianchi said: "This is an intriguing look at the disk very close to the black hole, so close that the speed and intensity of gravitational pulling influence how we see photons of light."

Researchers will now look for more galaxies with such black holes in the hope of explaining this phenomenon.

Studying black holes is important because they are the largest and most powerful objects in the whole universe.

They have the power to create, maintain and destroy, but we still know little about them.

Event Horizon Telescope Director Sheperd Doeleman described them as: "One-way doors from our universe."

In other news from the universe, astronomers have missed a huge asteroid of 3,300 feet that circles the Earth for decades – and blame their strange orbit.

Astronomers have made a & quot; cosmic cheater & quot; which could help both experts and amateur stars search for alien life.

And, here's why some people still think that landing on the Moon was fake 50 years later – and the man who launched the "scam" theory.

This story was originally published in The Sun and was printed with permission.


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