Black holes, Dancing Ghosts in the sky? Sensational discovery by scientists is whopping 1 billion light years away

Scientists boldly went where no telescopes had gone before and got surprised by Dancing Ghosts in the sky courtesy a couple of supermassive black holes.

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| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 19:15 IST
Scientists have 'seen' dancing ghosts some 1 billion light years away and these have a couple of black holes to keep them company.
Scientists have 'seen' dancing ghosts some 1 billion light years away and these have a couple of black holes to keep them company. (AP)
Scientists have 'seen' dancing ghosts some 1 billion light years away and these have a couple of black holes to keep them company.
Scientists have 'seen' dancing ghosts some 1 billion light years away and these have a couple of black holes to keep them company. (AP)

It is hard enough finding ghosts out here on Earth, where everything is in close proximity, leave alone out there in deep space. Well, perhaps not. Evidence may be quite scarce on the presence of ghosts on Earth, but these scientists have found some concrete evidence about the existence of 'ghosts' out there in the wider cosmos. Not just ghosts, they have found 'dancing ghosts'! They are as far away as 1 billion light years.

It has been revealed that scientists at the Australian Scientific Agency CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), while using their ASKAP (Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder) radio telescope stumbled across two vague shapes that they could not describe, reported Tech Explorist. The description that fit these shapes, according to them, were “dancing ghosts.” They were left totally perplexed by the strange phenomena picked up by their state-of-the-art tech and they just could not just explain it away, initially.

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Ray Norris, the lead researcher and professor at Western Sydney University and CSIRO said, “We are getting used to surprises. When you boldly go where no telescope has gone before, you are likely to make discoveries.”

So, what are these so-called 'Dancing Ghosts'? These 'Dancing Ghosts' are two separate galaxies with each hosting a supermassive black hole at their centers. Since there are humongous amounts of energy involved there are these jets radiating from the black holes that were in fact electrons bent in grotesque, bewildering shapes. The ghostly shapes appeared to be dancing as a result of electrons being bent into various shapes. The bending was being done by intergalactic winds, but what is powering that, is still unclear. Nevertheless, these were the 'Dancing Ghosts'.

What are supermassive black holes? According to Nasa, a black hole has such strong gravity that it pulls in everything into itself, even light cannot escape. Gravity is strong because a lot of matter has been packed tightly into a tiny space, which mostly occurs when a massive star dies and leaves behind its anti-thesis, a black hole. Since black holes give off no light, they are invisible. However, space telescopes can see black holes through a complicated process - they see how stars close to them behave differently from other stars that are far away.

Supermassive black holes: Nasa says the smallest black holes are as small as just one atom. However, the matter packed into them is as big as a mountain. Supermassive Black Holes are the second largest kinds of black holes, with their mass ranging from 0.1 to 1 million solar masses. One Solar Mass is the mass of our Sun. Almost every galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its center with even our own Milky Way having its very own Supermassive black hole, called the Sagittarius A. Supermassive black holes have masses that are more than 1 million suns together, says Nasa.

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First Published Date: 06 Aug, 20:19 IST
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