Bizarre! NASA says black holes BIRTHING suns

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows black hole aiding star formation instead of swallowing it.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:31 IST
Black hole forming stars
A miracle discovery shows a black hole forming stars instead of swallowing them. (NASA)
Black hole forming stars
A miracle discovery shows a black hole forming stars instead of swallowing them. (NASA)

A Black hole is portrayed as destructive monsters swallowing everything that comes near them, even light cannot escape from them. However, surprisingly, black holes can lead to creation of suns too! A shocking recent research from NASA controlled Hubble Space Telescope shows that a black hole at the heart of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 is apparently contributing to the formation of a new star. This black hole is believed to have gone against its usual nature of tearing stars apart and consuming anything that comes too close. The dwarf galaxy is around some 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation Pyxis.

NASA has shared the detailed info on this black hole in one of its blogposts where they mentioned that this new discovery will also play a big part in solving the mystery of where supermassive black holes came from. Amy Reines, the lead investigator of the new Hubble Space Telescope observations, published in Nature, has said that she knew from the beginning that something unusual is happening in Henize 2-10, and now Hubble Telescope has confirmed the connection between the black hole and a neighboring star forming region that is 230 light-years away from the black hole.

Reines said, “Hubble's amazing resolution clearly shows a corkscrew-like pattern in the velocities of the gas, which we can fit to the model of a precessing, or wobbling, outflow from a black hole. A supernova remnant would not have that pattern, and so it is effectively our smoking-gun proof that this is a black hole."

However, other researchers think that the radiation appears to be emitted by a supernova remnant, that is rapidly pumping out massive stars making them explode.

Well! The creation of stars is opposite to what happens around black holes. Material falling toward the black hole in large galaxies is taken away by surrounding magnetic fields and forms blazing jets of plasma moving closely to the speed of light. Gas clouds caught in the jets' path get heated so much that it can't cool back down and form stars. However, Henize 2-10 has the less-massive black hole and gentle outflow, due to which gas is compressed enough to precipitate new star formation.

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First Published Date: 22 Jan, 09:07 IST