NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found supermassive black holes that oppose current theories about the universe and shouldn't really exist.
This mysterious black hole is located in the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 and weighs about 250 million times more than the Sun.
The phenomenon of the NGC 3147 black hole has been described in an astronomy journal Royal Astronomy Society.
The black hole is surrounded by thin discs, made of debris and gas that races around the edge of the hole.
This disk is what confuses astronomers because technically there should not be any.
This is because black holes are actually starving & # 39; because not enough material is captured by its large gravitational field and black hole & # 39; hungry & # 39; not forming material discs – or so scientists thought.
The study's lead author Stefano Bianchi said: "This is the same type of disk that we see on objects that are 1,000 or even 100,000 times more luminous.
"Current model predictions for gas dynamics in very dim active galaxies clearly fail."
The black hole, which is about 130 million light years from Earth, has debris discs that spin at speeds of 18,628 miles per second – that is 10% of the speed of light.
Seeing this disk has given astronomers the opportunity to see Einstein's two theories about relativity in action and can help them understand the processes that occur at the edges of black holes.
Bianchi said: "This is an interesting peek on a disc very close to a black hole, so close that the speed and intensity of gravitational attraction affects how we see light photons."
Researchers will now look for more galaxies with black holes like this in hopes of explaining the phenomenon.
The study of black holes is important because they are the largest and most powerful objects in the entire universe.
They have the power to create, maintain and destroy, but we still know a little about them.
Director of the Horizon Telescope Event Shepherd Doeleman described them as: "One-way door from our universe."
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Astronomers have created a cosmic cheat sheet & # 39; which can help amateur experts and astronomers look for alien life.
And, this is why some people still think the moon landing was faked 50 years later – and the person who started the theory & # 39; trick & # 39;
This story was originally published in The Sun and reprinted with permission.