NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory recently shared images of two supermassive black holes that are being merged. During a visit to Instagram, the US space agency announced that the Galaxy NGC 6240 contains two black holes that are believed to have merged about 30 million years ago. This image from NGC 6240 contains new X-ray data from Chandra – shown in red, orange, and yellow – combined with an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope, originally released in 2008, the US space agency said.
In the caption, the NASA observatory said that the two “bright spots” near the center of the image are only 3,000 light years apart. Eventually the two black holes will drift together and form a larger black hole in millions of years. According to an official blog post, scientists believe that these black holes are so close together because they are spiraling towards each other.
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It is also believed that pairs of massive black holes can explain some of the unusual behaviors seen in fast-growing supermassive black holes, such as: B. the distortion and bending of the powerful jets they create. Furthermore, the pairs of massive black holes are expected to be the strongest source of gravitational waves in the universe when they merge, according to NASA. On the blog, the US space agency wrote, “Multiple systems of supermassive black holes should be common in the universe as many galaxies collide and merge with other galaxies, most of which contain supermassive black holes.”
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Internet users call it “phenomenal”
Since it was released, the post has garnered over 25,000 likes and received multiple comments from internet users. While one user described the images as “really amazing”, another user simply wrote “So divine”. “One user jokingly wrote,” Then future people will be able to hear the ‘boop’ that comes from the merger. “Another added,” Omg … everything’s happening in the universe out there, pretty much beyond the human brain’s ability to handle those time-lapse footage. “” So pretty and awesome, “added the fourth.
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