September 6, 2013
Some Black Holes Have Simply Had Enough, It Seems
Contrary to popular belief, black holes are not the all-consuming monsters of the Universe that we’d originally anticipated. This realization comes as NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory spots a black hole at the center of our Milky Way, Sgr A, that can’t seem to eat absolutely everything that comes near it. Instead, the hot gas surrounding the hole is just spreading in different directions. Whether or not this change in direction is influenced by another celestial object is unknown. Regardless, the gravitational pull of this black hole isn’t as strong as the typical black hole, which raises the question to what exactly then is the rule of black holes.
For decades now, scientists have scratched their beards in wonderment at a black hole’s spectacular physics.
If you don’t know, black holes are formed when stars have died and their gravity implodes in on itself. The force of this occurrence is so extreme that virtually no light can escape it. Many speculate that even coming too close to a black hole is the end — getting too close to the event horizon would completely drag your being into it. Not only this, but the gravity is so intense that you could be sucked in feet first and by the time your torso reached the horizon, your feet will already have been stretched millions of miles into the abyss.
This has always left scientists dumbfounded as no one could really give an accurate description of a black hole’s properties without any physical proof that doesn’t pertain to telescopes. Because of the observational findings with Sgr A, we’ll have to rethink the way we see it. This doesn’t eliminate the assumption that black holes do, in fact, suck up a lot of matter from great distances, but at the same time it puts a huge dent in the logic of black holes.
Perhaps their function isn’t just to intake matter?
If a black hole can be full, then it’s possible that the theory of space-dimensional travel through black holes could also be false. More importantly, this could be an unforeseen transition period for a black hole to a white hole. White holes, as their name suggests, spit out matter. More images from Sgr A (or Sagittarius A) reveal that less than one percent of the gas in that area is simply pushed out to different parts of the Milky Way.
It’s too early to lay down any concrete theory on what all of this means, but you can be certain that black holes are going to be a lot more relevant than they were before.
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