A Newfound Supermassive Black Hole Faces Earth – Are We in Trouble?

A Newfound Supermassive Black Hole Faces Earth – Are We in Trouble?

If a supermassive black hole were to suddenly appear in our Solar System, it would have catastrophic consequences for our planet and the entire Solar System.

Firstly, the intense gravitational pull of the black hole would cause chaos in the orbits of all the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in the Solar System, leading to massive collisions and disruptions.

Secondly, the black hole’s immense gravitational force would swallow everything in its vicinity, including our Sun and all the planets, causing them to be stretched and torn apart by the tidal forces.

Finally, the black hole’s strong radiation emissions would be deadly to any living organism within its reach, including humans.

The PBC J2333.9-2343 galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole that faces Earth

A galaxy known as PBC J2333.9-2343 has been reclassified after scientists discovered that its supermassive black hole is now facing our solar system, with its relativistic jet likely having changed direction, according to the New York Post. The galaxy, originally classified as a radio galaxy, is located about 657 million light-years away and stretches nearly 4 million light-years across. Scientists are unsure what caused the change in direction but speculate that it may have been due to a collision with another galaxy. The potential effects of the black hole’s direction on our galaxy remain unknown.

However, judging by the distance that separates the galaxy from ours, it’s safe to assume that we don’t have to worry about the supermassive black hole.

Dr. Lorena Hernández-García stated:

We started to study this galaxy as it showed peculiar properties.

Our hypothesis was that the relativistic jet of its supermassive black hole had changed its direction, and to confirm that idea we had to carry out a lot of observations.

It’s safe to say that the existence of a supermassive black hole in our Solar System would be extremely dangerous and catastrophic for us. Gladly, the likelihood of such an event happening is extremely low, as there are no known supermassive black holes in the Solar System, and they are typically found at the centers of galaxies.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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