Planet guzzler ‘supermassive’ black hole hurtling through space at 5 million miles an hour – Express.co.uk

First predicted by Albert Einstein, gravitational waves are ripples in space that are created when two massive objects collide. 

The ripples are similar to the concentric circles produced when a hefty rock is thrown into a pond.

Last year, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) helped astronomers prove that gravitational waves exist by detecting them emanating from the union of two stellar-mass black holes, which are several times more massive than the sun.

Research team leader Marco Chiaberge of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, said: “When I first saw this, I thought we were seeing something very peculiar.

“When we combined observations from Hubble, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, it all pointed towards the same scenario. The amount of data we collected, from X-rays to ultraviolet to near-infrared light, is definitely larger than for any of the other candidate rogue black holes.”

Planet guzzler ‘supermassive’ black hole hurtling through space at 5 million miles an hour – Express.co.uk

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