Scientists discover an ancient black hole has a particle beam aimed at Earth
Black holes are among the most enigmatic celestial objects there is, which is why scientists are constantly trying to learn more about them. Astronomers recently found one particular black hole that has a particle beam pointing right at Earth.
Express reports that the black hole discovered by scientists is referred to as PSO J030947.49+271757.31, is also known for being a blazar galaxy, which is an incredibly bright galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at the very center. This black hole, in particular, is facing directly at Earth, aiming light and matter towards the planet. Scientists have also discovered that this black hole is among the oldest based on the wavelength signature of the black hole’s redshift as the longer the wavelength, the more prominent the red becomes.
The study conducted by the scientists suggests that this black hole first came to be around 13.7 billion years ago, during the early years of the universe. This discovery gives scientists more clues about the secrets of the universe and the cosmos in general. According to Italy’s University of Insubria astrophysicist Dr. Silvia Belladitta, spotting a blazar is important. “For every discovered source of this type, we know there must be 100 similar, but most are oriented differently, and are therefore too weak to be seen directly.”
Dr. Belladitta added that because of this discovery, it could be said that there are extremely bright black holes that have already existed during the first billion years of the universe. “The result places tight constraints on the theoretical models that try to explain the origin of these huge black holes in our universe.”
Along with possibly providing more answers as to how the universe was formed, it was previously reported that black holes might shed some light on the concept of time travel, according to CTES College researcher Atharva Palshetkar.
Palshetkar explained that black holes have the ability to dilate time. Dilating time is referring to the difference when measured against two clocks. “Being this close to a black hole, time affects the spaceship and it gets slower and slower as it nears a black hole.”