A giant black hole suddenly dimmed, and no one knows why

(ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers have recorded that the disappearance of X-ray radiation has passed, but at the same time they could not determine the cause of this eclipse.

Some time ago, experts recorded that the strongest X-ray source was missing. The reason has not yet been established at this time. In this case, we are talking about a black hole, which is located in the GRS 1915 + 105 star system. It is located 36 thousand light years from our planet. The system includes a star and a black hole, which is the second most massive.

As a rule, an intense glow was always present around the black hole, because it tried from its companion star. But in the summer of 2018, astronomers noticed that the light was gradually dimming. In 2019, the light almost completely disappeared. Scientists have not seen anything like this before.

The authors of the study believe that the black hole is in a “hidden state”. In other words, a foreign object has appeared between the light source and the Swift telescope with which the observation is being carried out. Because of this, scientists from the University of Michigan Mayura Balakrishnan cannot establish the cause of what is happening.


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