The Hubble Telescope Spots a Star-Creating Black Hole

The Hubble Telescope Spots a Star-Creating Black Hole
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Who said that a black hole is necessarily bad? Sure, such a structure is terrifying enough due to its weird traits. It defies the laws of physics, something totally unusual for the rest of the Cosmos. A black hole is also known to attract even light due to its huge gravity.

As for now, a new discovery of the good old Hubble Space Telescope is showing another way that a black hole can be useful for the Universe.

Black hole is fostering star formation

Hubble now amazes astronomers by discovering a black hole that fosters star formation.

Amy Reines, the main investigator on the new observations made by Hubble, declared the following, as quoted by Phys.org:

Ten years ago, as a graduate student thinking I would spend my career on star formation, I looked at the data from Henize 2-10 and everything changed, 

From the beginning I knew something unusual and special was happening in Henize 2-10, and now Hubble has provided a very clear picture of the connection between the black hole and a neighboring star forming region located 230 light-years from the black hole.

However, astronomers have been aware for quite a while about another way that black holes are useful for the Universe. They suspect that a supermassive black hole is hiding at the center of each galaxy in the Universe. It’s surely the case for our Milky Way galaxy – the Sagittarius A black hole is dwelling at the galactic center. What can a supermassive black hole do in such a place? It could be the foundation of the galaxy itself, making the stars rotate around a specific spot.

It’s great to see that even a few weeks after the James Webb Space Telescope was launched, Hubble is still in charge of wonderful discoveries about our Universe!


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Cristian Antonescu

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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