It might be one of over 100 million quiet black holes lurking unseen in our galaxy. A supermassive black hole (SMBH or sometimes SBH) is the largest type of black hole, with mass on the order of millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun (M☉). Sound familiar??? The evidence is now almost irrefutable that there is a supermassive black hole with a mass four million times that of the sun lurking in the middle of the Milky Way. 1) “Straw Man:” for the most part, gravity just holds the collection together. The Galactic Center (or Galactic Centre) is the rotational center of the Milky Way galaxy; it is a supermassive black hole of 4.100 ± 0.034 million solar masses, which powers the compact radio source Sagittarius A*. 00:46:15 How could we destroy Saturn's rings? That’s a 1 followed by 100 zeroes years. But there’s no reason to fear. Quasars are just black holes in the process of actively feeding; gobbling up so much material it piles up in an accretion disk around it. 3) FALSE: the experiments were done in the 1950’s by Winston H. Bostick, producing galaxy-shaped structures; Peratt’s work was an immense extrapolation of those results. 00:20:00 Am I looking forward to Dune? "This shows that the centre of the Milky Way is a much more dynamic place than we had previously thought. In the lifetime of the Sun, it won’t interact with us in any way, or consume more than a handful of stars. Predictions confirmed as astronomers find at least a dozen. "These new results instead open the possibility of a complete reinterpretation of its evolution and nature. And More…, Episode 695: Q&A 130: Does the Dark Forest Explain the Fermi Paradox? A Black Hole and a Supernova in the Galactic Center-- astronomers learn why x-rays from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way are so feeble. Small black holes (smaller than we believe currently exist) would theoretically evaporate very fast, eventually explosively. Lauren Fuge reports. Astronomers have for the first time found evidence of an enormous black hole near the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. Email us at, A fake Xmas tree & tinsel is 'common' - here's how to get the decor 'right', Cleaner says you shouldn't use bleach in bathrooms & washing up liquid is best, Love Island's Jess Hayes devastated as she loses baby at 19 weeks, Proud ‘catfishes’ show off transformations which have men drooling- then fleeing, Boy, 13, is one of four kids arrested on suspicion of raping woman in Sheffield, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Huge black hole is lurking at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, new images show. Instagram –, Team: Fraser Cain – @fcain / [email protected] The black hole known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) is situated in the middle of the Milky Way, just 26,000 light years from Earth, according to NASA. More stories at: The location of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy Credit: Alamy Just to the right of the colourful central region lies Sagittarius A (Sag A), the supermassive black hole in the middle of our galaxy. It’s right over there, in the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. That’s a really really long time, so now I don’t like those odds. The Milky Way's black hole kicked a star out of our galaxy. With the discovery of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, astronomers found evidence that there are black holes at the heart of every galaxy. all plasmas will eventually condense due to the effects of relative motion, and the net positive charge of the ionized atom recapturing the electron(s). By Ashley Strickland, CNN. It's not supermassive, but only an intermediate-mass black hole, near the center of the Milky Way. They say it is possibly one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud near the galaxy's center. By Sean Martin. 00:14:18 How did my mind change after interviewing Wallace Arthur But what is really curious is the recent documentation of massive, and I mean colossal, magnetic fields surrounding these galactic centers. It’s one of those insights that simultaneously answered some questions, and opened up even more. And, there's an enormous black hole lurking in this Nasa photo – can you find it? Giving off more energy than the rest of their own galaxy combined. I mean, we’d all freeze because there wasn’t a Sun in the sky anymore, but the Earth would continue to orbit this black hole in exactly the same orbit, for billions of years. It is 8.2 ± 0.4 kiloparsecs (26,700 ± 1,300 ly) away from Earth in the direction of the constellations Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, and Scorpius where the Milky Way appears brightest. For our purposes, the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is completely and totally safe. 00:37:31 Is Andromeda more massive? Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, operates the same way. Everyone should revisit the basic research performed by plasma physicist Anthony Peratt at Los Alamos National Labs in the 80’s. The discovery of a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, and really almost all galaxies, is one of my favorite discoveries in the field of astronomy. 00:26:08 How can the methuselah star be older than the Universe?,,,,–MdCSg,, Episode 700: Interview: Wallace Arthur and the Biological Universe, Episode 699: Open Space 96: The End of the International Space Station? Is the supermassive black hole going to consume the Milky Way? Right? To get within the event horizon, which is only about 17 times bigger than the Sun. Chad Weber – [email protected], Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain. It’s [a list of folks]…not Einstein.” Point by point, then: Same goes with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. And not just any black hole, it’s a supermassive black hole with more than 4.1 million times the mass of the Sun. 00:51:53 What about cold fusion? JUST WATCHED How the first photo of a black hole … in order to work. Andromeda’s black hole could be 100 million times the mass of the Sun, so it’s a bigger target for stars with a death wish. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is 26,000 light-years away., Astronomy Cast: It is considered to be a recent event because when it happened the dinosaurs had already been wiped out for 63million years and human ancestors were already walking on Earth. ; IR: NASA/STScI 00:41:10 Why is it a good year for comets? 00:18:06 Will I sign up for Starlink Beta? In this week's live questions show, I explain how amateurs can contribute to space and astronomy research, will I sign up for Starlink, and what would happen if the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way turned into a quasar? But over the vast eons, it could be a different story. 00:53:21 Is a hot big bang feasible? A black hole is just a concentration of mass in a very small region, which things orbit around. It is lucky we're not residing there!". A planet so massive ‘it should not exist’ has been found by baffled astronomers in a nearby star system. The mathematical creation of dark matter to salvage this idea has no scientific, experimental or observational support. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. It is estimated to have lasted for around 300,000 years, which is extremely short in galactic terms. ITunes: But this happens very rarely. First, gravity is too weak to be the cause of galaxy formation. In order for a black hole to actually consume a star, it needs to make a direct hit. 00:42:52 Can we use fusion for spaceflight? And More…, Episode 694: Interview: Fred Watson, Australia's Astronomer at Large, Episode 693: Open Space 92: Why I Hate Embargoed News Stories, and More…, Episode 692: Open Space 91: Any Updates on Venus? Over the short term, that supermassive black hole is totally harmless. 00:47:23 Any update on Terrascope? Even if it turned into a quasar and started eating stars, you wouldn’t even be able to notice it from this distance. “It may sound like a big number, but by astronomical standards, it’s a pretty small number,” says Daniel Holz. Our Book is out! Located just 26,000 light-years away. Don’t worry, you have absolutely nothing to worry about, unless you plan to live for quadrillions of years, which I do, thanks to my future robot body. In the short term, no. 00:12:45 Do we know what rocky planets are made out of?–MdCSg, Support us at: Once again, these do sound terrifying. His work has been confirmed by many plasma physic labs and his findings have not been refuted to this day. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. For the G.U.T., think electromagnetism, not gravity. This massive and enormously powerful structure found at the center of our galaxy (and almost every other galaxy) is neither black nor can it be a “hole” in anything. In other news, the mysterious ‘cosmic web’ that sticks the universe together has been pictured for first time., Weekly email newsletter: 00:23:30 Isn't the buy in cost for Starlink too expensive? Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows : The Two-Way The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a … Undoubtedly, something this massive, yet tiny with respect to its mass, can only be a black hole – a supermassive black hole. For other inquiries, Contact Us. For once, I’m not joking. This effect outweighs the photoelectric effect. What do you make of this Milky Way explosion? And More…. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. 00:32:43 Any progress on Event Horizon Telescope? If I’m mistaken – for instance, if there are supermassive black holes associated with the Magellanic Clouds – I’d like someone to let me know, and give me a reference so I can learn more. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link:, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, , Digital Technology and Science Reporter, This artist's impression shows the huge bursts of radiation exploding from the centre of the Milky Way and reaching the Magellanic Stream, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), A black hole is a region of space where absolutely nothing can escape, That's because they have extremely strong gravitational effects, which means once something goes into a black hole, it can't come back out, They get their name because even light can't escape once it's been sucked in – which is why a black hole is completely dark, There has to be a point at which you're so close to a black hole you can't escape, Otherwise literally everything in the universe would have been sucked into one, The point at which you can no longer escape from a black hole's gravitational pull is called the event horizon, The event horizon varies between different black holes, depending on their mass and size, The gravitational singularity is the very centre of a black hole, It's a one-dimensional point that contains an incredibly large mass in an infinitely small space, At the singularity, space-time curves infinitely and the gravitational pull is infinitely strong, Conventional laws of physics stop applying at this point, Most black holes are made when a supergiant star dies, This happens when stars run out of fuel – like hydrogen – to burn, causing the star to collapse, When this happens, gravity pulls the centre of the star inwards quickly, and collapses into a tiny ball, It expands and contracts until one final collapse, causing part of the star to collapse inward thanks to gravity, and the rest of the star to explode outwards, The remaining central ball is extremely dense, and if it's especially dense, you get a black hole. "We are the witness to the awakening of the sleeping beauty.". 00:40:23 Is the Sun gaining or losing mass? Black holes and dark matter were not required. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We did a whole article on them, but they’re intensely bright objects, generating enough light they can be seen billions of light-years away. 00:07:00 Will the Universe end in a Big Rip? But are we in any danger? 00:10:32 How can solar sails be pushed by massless photons? And as we speak, it’s in the process of tearing apart entire stars and star systems, occasionally consuming them, adding to its mass like a voracious shark. 00:05:50 What if Sgr* turned into a quasar? They designated it Sgr A*. This finding is being basically ignored by astrophysicists and cosmologists when the evidence should be the topic of every scientific conversation regarding these galactic centers (“black holes”). Size and Structure: First of all, the sheer size of our galaxy is enough to boggle the mind. Suddenly, you’ll have two whole clouds of stars interacting in all kinds of ways, like an unstable blended family. Supermassive black holes like SgrA*—the monstrous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy—are characterized by just two numbers: mass and spin, but have a critical influence on the formation and evolution of galaxies. This is considered to be 'astonishingly recent' in galactic terms and is changing what scientists thought they knew about our galaxy. Specifically, small irregular galaxies (like the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds) do not. The example of the fluorescent tube can not be used as a counter argument because the source of energy is electricity generated from stored sunlight (coal). And More…, Episode 697: Interview: Theoretical Physicist Dr. Peter Woit, Episode 696: Open Space 94: Is It Realistic to Declare a "Free Mars"? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. If so, why so? By who, when and why was this term chosen. If ever the principle of Occam’s Razor needs to be applied, this is it. Stars that would have been safe will careen past other stars and be deflected down into the maw of either of the two supermassive black holes on hand. “For the G.U.T., think electromagnetism, not gravity. Did Cirrus Clouds Help Keep Early Mars Warm & Wet? These formations also had the necessary velocities to maintain galactic structure. 00:58:20 Could neutrinos be dark matter? 00:38:31 Propulsion systems I'm excited about? “The basic research… by Peratt showed the formation of spiral galaxies using only electric current, plasma and magnetic fields.” Share; Tweet; The centre of the Milky Way … When the Milky Way's black hole is more active than usual, that event horizon becomes brighter as it heats up due to friction. To my knowledge, not all galaxies have supermassive black holes within them. Join us at Especially from out here in the galactic suburbs. Some will get flung out of Milkdromeda, some will be hurled down into the black hole. See no ads on this site, see our videos early, special bonus material, and much more. 00:48:52 Could we put astronauts to sleep? The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. I’m sure there is a mathematical explanation which, thank goodness, obviates the need for any radio telescope data. The latest radio telescope data has revealed these galactic center structures emit multiple plasma jets, EM radiation (gamma and x ray) as well as visible light. "A massive blast of energy and radiation came right out of the galactic centre and into the surrounding material. Professor Lisa Kewley, who worked on the study, said: "This is a dramatic event that happened a few million years ago in the Milky Way's history. 00:30:00 Does Andromeda have a supermassive black hole? This is consistent with my personal theory that most, if not all, irregular galaxies are remnants of galactic collisions and cannibalism. This black hole blast phenomenon is known as a Seyfert flare. Of course, the Sun will die in about 5 billion years, so this future won’t be our problem. 5) UNKNOWN, however Einstein’s work is at least validated by observation & testing, unlike the Electric/Plasma Universe concept. The Milky Way has a supermassive black hole in its Galac… THE SUPERMASSIVE black hole at the centre of the Milky Way exploded 3.5million years ago, according to astronomers. The Milky Way has a lot of black holes — about 100 million of them, a new study suggests. Podcast (audio): Download (Duration: 7:16 — 2.6MB), Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS, Podcast (video): Download (Duration: 7:18 — 95.2MB). Fraser……..rather than regurgitate preposterous concepts that have no scientific basis perhaps you might consider some theories that have observational validity and are experimentally verifiable. During the study, data was gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope and used to calculate when and how the explosion took place. Like us on Facebook: The astronomers think it would have created two enormous 'ionisation cones' that would have sliced through the Milky Way. 00:27:31 Can we observe Oort clouds in other Solar Systems? In 2002, astronomers observed that there were stars zipping past this object, like comets on elliptical paths going around the Sun. Not to be boring but there are some observations which make common sense and have an important experimentally verified foundation. Well, fine, with my eternal robot body, it might still be my problem. Co-author Magda Guglielmo from the University of Sydney said: "These results dramatically change our understanding of the Milky Way. Photograph by NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al., STScI Thousands of Black Holes … Since we know the EM force loses/gains strength too fast w/distance to do anything but collapse or explode the galactic structures we see, it cannot be the main force responsible for maintaining them. And others will be safe, assuming they can avoid this fate over the Googol years it’ll take for the supermassive black hole to finally evaporate.

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