The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way may look more like a football than a circle, new research suggests. a new study ,which appears in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , suggest that the Milky Way’s black hole spins so fast it actually warps space-time.
“Our work may help settle the question of how fast our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is spinning,” said Ruth Daly, lead author of the new study. “Our results indicate that Sgr A* is spinning very rapidly, which is interesting and has far-reaching implications.”
The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole has long been a fascinating target for scientist’s observations. Scientists have been trying to figure out the mysterious cosmic object known as Sgr A* or Sagittarius A*.
Using data gathered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the team behind the new study says that they believe that Sgr. A* is spinning so fast that it’s bending space-time around it. Space-time, sometimes written spacetime, is the combination of time and the three dimensions of space.
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The researchers estimate that the Milky Way’s black hole is spinning at 60 percent of its maximum possible speed. This was reported on past discoveries, which are helping us better understand the speed of a black hole’s spin and how it affects other parts of the universe around them.
In the case of Sgr., our galaxy’s black hole supermassive, space is warping and bending around it. A*, causing the matter around it to take on the shape of a football. This is an interesting discovery that has left scientists puzzled as they try to understand these huge cosmic objects, and their role in the evolution of the universe.
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