(ORDO NEWS) — At the very center of the Milky Way is a huge black hole that emits a huge amount of radio waves, x-rays, gamma rays. A feature of this object is that flashes occur irregularly.
Astronomers still have not been able to detect any definite pattern. The latest study has demonstrated that the supermassive black hole in the Milky Way is unpredictable and chaotic.
The black hole, which is located in the very center of our galaxy, is called Sagittarius A *, has a mass that is 3.7-4.3 million solar masses. It has long been established that it acts as a source of various types of radiation.
Even though gas and dust block visible light, wave bursts have their own type of luminosity. Half a century ago, physicist Stephen Hawking talked about black holes having their own form of radiation. As a result, it was called Hawking radiation.
For a long time, researchers have established that a black hole releases radiation daily. But sometimes some flashes are tens and even hundreds of times stronger than usual.
Experts from the University of Amsterdam used data from space telescopes and found that strong enough flares occur randomly and do not have any definite regularity.
In 2006-2008, gamma-ray bursts were incredibly active. Then, until 2012, they arose extremely rarely. After that, the increase in radiation began again.
Experts suggest that the reason for this may be the passage of gas clouds or large stars. Jacob van den Eynden of the University of Oxford said they do not yet understand how these outbreaks occur.
Scientists plan to conduct new studies in the near future that will help to learn more about the supermassive black hole.
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