Supermassive Black Hole

Like many have seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar black holes are both frightening and fascinating at the same time. Scientists reported that they have discovered supermassive black holes – aka quasars – are actually aligned with each other over distances stretching billions of light-years. These observations were made with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. A quasar is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxy, that surrounds its central supermassive black hole. Its size is 10-10,000 times the Schwarzschild radius of the black hole. The energy emitted by a quasar derives from mass falling onto the accretion disc around the black hole. Continue reading for a video and more information.

“The first odd thing we noticed was that some of the quasars’ rotation axes were aligned with each other – despite the fact that these quasars are separated by billions of light-years,” said Professor Hutsemekers from the University of Liege in Belgium. “The alignments in the new data, on scales even bigger than current predictions from simulations, may be a hint that there is a missing ingredient in our current models of the cosmos,” added Professor Dominique Sluse.


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