World Premiere: Astronomers Detect Light Located Behind a Black Hole

World Premiere: Astronomers Detect Light Located Behind a Black Hole
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Black holes are known to absorb anything that gets too close. Even light is on the list. Thanks to a new discovery, we’re proven once again that astrophysicists still have a lot to learn about black holes.

Dan Wilkins, an astrophysicist from Stanford University, was observing X-rays coming from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy located 800 million light-years away from us. After seeing bright flares of X-rays, something unexpected was also found, according to Phys.org: additional X-ray flashes.

There is a scientific explanation

Black holes are known by definition to defy some laws of physics. There is an explanation for the incredible new discovery.

Wilkins, a research scientist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology from Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, declared as quoted by Phys.org:

Any light that goes into that black hole doesn’t come out, so we shouldn’t be able to see anything that’s behind the black hole,

The reason we can see that is because that black hole is warping space, bending light and twisting magnetic fields around itself.

Roger Blandford, who is a co-author of the study, spoke about how much science has evolved:

Fifty years ago, when astrophysicists starting speculating about how the magnetic field might behave close to a black hole, they had no idea that one day we might have the techniques to observe this directly and see Einstein’s general theory of relativity in action.

Once again, Albert Einstein was proven right. The illustrious scientists predicted long ago through his famous theory of general relativity that light could be positioned behind a black hole.

There are four categories of black holes, according to scientists: stellar, supermassive, intermediate, and miniature.

The new discovery is detailed in a paper published in Nature.


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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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