NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory recently shared images with two supermassive black holes in the process of fusion. While walking on Instagram, the US space agency said that the Galaxy NGC 6240 contains two black holes that are believed to have begun to merge about 30 million years ago. This image of the NGC 6240 contains new X-ray data from Chandra – shown in red, orange and yellow – that were combined with an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope originally launched in 2008, the US space agency said.
In the legend, the NASA observer said that the two “bright spots” near the center of the image are only 3,000 light-years apart. Eventually, the two black holes will move together, forming a larger black hole millions of years from now. According to an official blog post, scientists believe that these black holes are in such close proximity because they are in the middle of spirals towards each other.
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It is also believed that pairs of massive black holes may explain some of the unusual behaviors observed by fast-growing supermassive black holes, such as the distortion and bending seen in the powerful jets they produce. Moreover, pairs of massive black holes in the fusion process are expected to be the strongest source of gravitational waves in the universe, NASA said. In the blog, the US space agency wrote: “The formation of several supermassive black hole systems should be common in the Universe, as many galaxies collide and merge with other galaxies, most of which contain supermassive black holes.”
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Netizens call it “phenomenal”
Since it was distributed, the post has garnered over 25,000 reviews and garnered several comments from internet users. While one user called the images “truly amazing,” another user simply wrote “So Divine.” “One user joked, ‘Then future people will be able to hear the’ boop ‘coming out of the merger.” Another added: “Omg … everything happens in the universe there, far beyond the human brain can process those periods of time.” “So cute AND wonderful,” added the fourth.
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