Two supermassive black spots are about to collide in a historic black hole.
Astronomers have discovered two huge black holes so close together, they will eventually merge to form one massive cosmic abyss.
Black holes possess a gravitational pull that is so strong that it’s impossible to escape. Not even light. LADbible reports
Aquarius, the constellation of Aquarius, is located 89,000,000 light years from supermassive dark holes.
They are only 1,600 light years apart, which makes them very close. According to some estimates, the mass of the larger black hole is almost 154,000,000 times that of our Sun.
Dr Karina Voggel (lead author of the research at University of Strasbourg in France) said: “The two black holes are on a collision course and form the closest pair of supermassive black holes found to date.
“Our findings suggest that there could be many more of these relics of galaxie mergers.
“They may contain many hidden massive black holes that still wait to be found. It could increase the total number of supermassive black holes known in the local universe by 30%.”
This pair of black hole are the closest to Earth ever found.
When they combine, they will produce gravitational wave(s), which are ripples of time and space that were first predicted by Albert Einstein.
In 250 million years, the black holes will eventually collide into one black hole.
Supermassive dark holes are often located in the middle of large galaxies. They merge when two galaxies collide.
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The supermassive holes are both at the centre of dense groups of bright stars captured by European Space Obervatory’s (ESO’s) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) in Chile.
The ELT is expected to be operational before the end the decade. This will allow for further discoveries in space.
“With the HARMONI instrument on the ELT we will be able to make detections like this considerably further than currently possible”, said co-author Dr Steffen Mieske.
“This detection of a supermassive black hole pair is just the beginning.”