NASA’s scientists have found a cosmic photo bomb nearby Andromeda galaxy. Now the scientists have believed that the object could be the combination of some supermassive black holes. For the first time, the scientists have discovered something this.
While analyzing the X-ray data, the scientists discovered this. The X-ray data were from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical data from ground-based telescopes, Gemini-North in Hawaii and the Caltech’s Palomar Transient Factory in California.
It is also called as LGGS J004527.30+413254.3 (J0045+41 for short), was seen in optical and X-ray images of Andromeda, also known as M31. The new data revealed that J0045+41 it situated at a much greater distance from earth. It is around 2.6 billion light years from Earth.
Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein of the University of Washington said: “We were looking for a special type of star in M31 and thought we had found one.” He further said, “We were surprised and excited to find something far stranger!”
It is expected that the object contains a pair of giant black holes. The estimated total mass for these two supermassive black holes is about two hundred million times the mass of our Sun.
The spectrum provided some evidence that a second black hole was present in J0045+41 and moving at a different velocity from the first and it is like the two black holes are orbiting each other.
“This is the first time such strong evidence has been found for a pair of orbiting giant black holes,” said co-author Emily Levesque of the University of Washington.
“We’re unable to pinpoint exactly how much mass each of these black holes contains,” said co-author John Ruan, from the University of Washington. He further stated, “Depending on that, we think this pair will collide and merge into one black hole in as little as 350 years or as much as 360,000 years.