Whether we want to accept it or not, the Universe has far more dangerous phenomenons than anything we can possibly experience on Earth. A supermassive black hole is bad enough, as nothing can escape its grasp, not even light. But if two supermassive black holes collide, that’s when Hell can be unleashed.
Astronomers from CalTech now warn about such a scenario and of its consequences. According to a new article posted in New York Post, they say that two supermassive black holes located at roughly 9 billion light-years away will collide with one another, resulting in space and time getting warped. Only 1,950 AU (Astronomical Units) separate the two black holes from one another.
The cosmic event will occur in 10,000 years
We might disappoint you, but none of us will still be around when the collision between the supermassive black holes occurs. The event is expected to happen in about 10,000 years. But again, just in case you somehow discovered the secret for eternal youth, please don’t hesitate to share it with the world in the comment section! The upcoming collision will send gravitational waves across the fabrics of spacetime.
Black holes had always been fascinating for astronomers, and they shall continue likewise. In another study, scientists took a picture of stars as they were ‘dancing’ around a supermassive black hole.
#Astronomers have captured NGC 1566 using the @ENERGY-fabricated Dark Energy Camera at @cerrotololo, a Program of @NSF’s #NOIRLab. Colloquially nicknamed the Spanish Dancer, it appears to twirl and fling its arms through the vastness of #space. More: https://t.co/dckLSJmGqi
— NOIRLab (@NOIRLabAstro) February 22, 2022
Surprisingly enough, black holes can also have a positive role in the Universe. Their huge gravity can make a galaxy take shape, as it also happened with our Milky Way. One supermassive black hole exists at the center of our own galaxy as well.
The new study about the upcoming collision between black holes was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.