In the center of our galaxy, Milky Way, there is a huge black hole with a mass estimated to be millions of times bigger than that of the Sun but according to NASA scientists who study the phenomenon, this hole is “relatively quiet “.
However, not the same could be said about a black hole spotted in a distant galaxy dubbed as IRAS F11119+3257.
Researchers have been seeking for long the driving force behind these molecular outflows which fascinated the scientific world.
A new study in the journal Nature, published March 26, 2015, provides the first observational evidence that a supermassive black hole at the center of a large galaxy can power these huge molecular outflows from deep inside the galaxy’s core. These outflows remove massive quantities of star-making gas, thus influencing the size, shape and overall fate of the host galaxy.
“This is the first time we see a black hole in action. It features a tremendous attractive power and could swallow everything around,” explains Francesco Tombesi from the University of Maryland.
Source: Maryland University