Breakthrough research on black holes by Indian scientist, NASA
New Delhi : Black holes are still a mystery unsolved; an Indian scientist from Assam has done a breakthrough research over them.
As per findings, last time a black hole on Milky Way was reported doing some activity was six million years ago; it consumed a large clump of infalling gas before burping out a colossal bubble of gas weighing the equivalent of millions of suns.
Rongmon Bordoloi and his team of researchers took help of the NASA's Hubble Space telescope to find that several distant quasars can be seen through the northern half of the Fermi Bubbles, an outflow of gas expelled by the Milky Way galaxy's hefty black hole.
The Hubble Space Telescope probed the quasars' light for information on the speed of the gas and whether the gas is moving toward or away from Earth. Based on the material's speed, the research team estimated that the bubbles formed from an energetic event between 6 million and 9 million years ago.
"Six-nine million years might sound like a long time in human years. But in terms of cosmic timescale, it is like the blink of an eye. Just to give you the scale, the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old, and the dinosaurs became extinct around 66 million years ago. So the last meal that the supermassive black hole of the Milky Way had was after the dinosaurs became extinct," News Agency PTI quotes Bordoloi.
"For the first time, we have traced the motion of cool gas throughout one of the bubbles, which allowed us to map the velocity of the gas and calculate when the bubbles formed," he says.
"It was a very strong and energetic event. It may have been a cloud of gas flowing into the black hole, which fired off jets of matter, forming the twin lobes of hot gas seen in X-ray and gamma-ray observations. Ever since then, the black hole has just been eating snacks," he added.