Rare supermassive black hole travelling at 110,000mph discovered by scientists
A supermassive black hole is soaring through space at 110,000 miles per hour.
The discovery has puzzled scientists who typically record black holes as not moving at all, let alone hurling through a distant galaxy at a jaw-dropping pace.
On the mass of the phenomena, astronomer Dominic Pesce at Center for Astrophysics, who led the study, likened it to a bowling ball if the sun was a football.
Yet despite it having a mass about three million times more than our solar system's sun, the newly detected supermassive black hole is speedily darting 230 million light-years from Earth in the galaxy J0437+2456.
In an attempt to explain how and why the black hole is moving, researchers at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics propose it is either a merger of two or an undetected second black hole in the observation, Daily Mail reports.
Jim Condon, a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory who was involved in the study, said: "We may be observing the aftermath of two supermassive black holes merging.
"The result of such a merger can cause the newborn black hole to recoil, and we may be watching it in the act of recoiling or as it settles down again."
After decades of trying to find evidence of moving black holes, researchers now have "the clearest case to date of a supermassive black hole in motion," Dominic Pesce said.
"We don't expect the majority of supermassive black holes to be moving; they're usually content to just sit around.
"They're just so heavy that it's tough to get them going.
"Consider how much more difficult it is to kick a bowling ball into motion than it is to kick a soccer ball — realising that in this case, the 'bowling ball' is several million times the mass of our Sun. That's going to require a pretty mighty kick."
The team looked at ten distant galaxies where a supermassive black hole is at the core of each one, specifically those with water in their accretion disks which spin inward towards the black hole.
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