Scientists Have Discovered A ‘Hidden’ Black Hole In Our Galaxy

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Astronomers have discovered a ‘hidden’ Black Hole in our Milky Way after revealed a NEW method to search for the mystery objects in the universe.

According to astronomers, there could be as many as 100 Million to 1 BILLION Black Holes in the Milky Way alone. Due to the fact that not even light can escape their prison, these cosmic objects are EXTREMELY difficult to spot.

However, thanks to a NEW method, scientists could take the search for Black Holes to a whole other level.




Astronomers have revealed that by analyzing the motion in a gas cloud, the have discovered signs of another Black Hole in our galaxy. More importantly, experts believe this method may help them in the future when searching for other black holes.

Initially, scientists at the Keio University observed molecular clouds scattered around the supernova remnant W44, located approximately 10,000 light-years from Earth.

With the aid of the ASTE Telescope in Chile and the 45-m Radio Telescope at Nobeyama Radio Observatory, scientists set out to examine the amount of energy that was transferred from the Supernova to the surrounding molecular gas.

By doing so, they found signs of a ‘stray’ Black Hole, located at the edge of the supernova remnant.

Curiously, scientists also discovered a compact molecular cloud which they have dubbed ‘Bullet’, which has a speed of OVER 100 kilometers per second, which is faster than the speed of SOUND in interstellar space by up to TWO orders of magnitude.

Furthermore, experts discovered that this enigmatic cloud moves BACKWARD against the rotation of our galaxy.




While trying to explain what could have caused the ‘Bullet’, experts proposed two scenarios: and explosion model or an irruption model.

The first one—explosion model— suggests that dense gas which is located in the extreme proximity of the black hole triggers an explosion, causing the gas to accelerate towards us. The second scenario –the irruption model— the black hole is responsible for giving rise to a fast-moving stream of gas. Interestingly, for this explanation, the black hole would be at least 36 times more massive than the sun.



“Most of the Bullet has an expanding motion with a speed of 50 km/s, but the tip of the Bullet has a speed of 120 km/s,” Keio University grad student Masaya Yamada, the study’s leader, said in a press release.

“It’s kinetic energy is a few tens of times larger than that injected by the W44 supernova. It seems impossible to generate such an energetic cloud under ordinary environments.”

Experts cannot agree on which model is more likely and will perform further studies using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.

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