Chandra's rare observations of material falling into supermassive black holes are release by NASA and are spectacular


Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 31 March 2022, at 12:43 pm Los Angeles time

Chandra Observatory captured the Spider Web galaxy (official name J1140-2629), which is more than 10.6 billion light-years away, and the data are extraordinary.

According to such data, the scientists were looking for black holes, using the Chandra observatory for 8 days. And they found some clues to the presence of black holes.

Scientists found X-rays detected by Chandra during the observations, a step forward for future discoveries.

In the image, the X-rays detected by the observer are represented in purple, also in the images can be seen other colors such as red, green and white, being other data taken from the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The image is the result of the observations of the two observers put together.

The X-rays that can be observed in the image above, reveal the presence of the material that falls to the supermassive black holes, not being able to be compared to the mass of our Sun.

The mass of the whole material is millions of times greater than the mass of our Sun which has the value of 1.989 x 10 ^ 30kg.

Also, as Chandra researchers call it, the image of the Spiderweb Protocluster now exists at a time in the universe just 3 billion years after the Big Bang, also called the "cosmic noon." During this period, scientists claim that black holes and galaxies have grown tremendously.

In the image above, Chandra captured a total of 14 supermassive black holes, some harder to see, some very clear, and the data the observer collected is almost unique.

"The 14 sources detected by Chandra (circled in a labeled image) imply that about 25% of the most massive galaxies contain actively growing black holes," said Chandra researchers.

"This is between five and twenty times higher than the fraction found for other galaxies of a similar age and with about the same range of masses." they continue.

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