Scientists discovered an elusive black hole tearing stars

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers using the Hubble orbital telescope managed to detect a rare black hole whose mass exceeds the solar 50 thousand times, according to a press release on the NASA website.

Scientists believe that they have found a black hole of medium mass. This object is probably the link between stellar mass black holes and supermassive black holes that are widely known to astronomers at the moment.

“Black holes of intermediate mass are extremely difficult to detect, so when finding the right candidate, you need to consider all alternative explanations and exclude them,” the words of the scientist Dacheng Lin from the University of New Hampshire are quoted in a press release.

Reportedly, a group of astronomers led by Lin discovered a powerful flash of x-ray radiation back in 2006. Scientists could not immediately establish whether its source was inside our galaxy or beyond.

Astronomers have suggested that the cause of the outburst was the rupture of a star that turned out to be too close to a relatively small object with strong gravitational attraction.

Scientists directed the Hubble telescope at a radiation source to determine its exact location. It turned out that the x-ray radiation comes from an object located on the outskirts of one of the galaxies in the constellation Aquarius. In this place, according to scientists, a black hole of intermediate mass should be located.

The found object is not the first of its kind, according to a press release. Other similar X-ray sources have been discovered earlier, including the HLX-1 object located in one of the galaxies in the constellation Phoenix . However, according to a number of opinions, HLX-1 should be attributed to stellar mass black holes.

“The main difference is that the object we discovered tears the star apart. This confirms that we are talking about an extremely massive black hole,” Lin said.

The discovery presents opportunities for new research and, along with this, leaves a lot of questions, the release says.


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