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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:06 PM

A supermassive black hole is speeding through space, and astronomers don't know why

By Ben Turner - Staff Writer 7 hours ago



The supermassive black hole could be being dragged along by an invisible partner. (Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS))


A supermassive black hole is racing across the universe at 110,000 mph (177,000 km/h), and the astronomers who spotted it don't know why.

The fast-moving black hole, which is roughly 3 million times heavier than our sun, is zipping through the center of the galaxy J0437+2456, about 230 million light-years away.

Scientists have long theorized that black holes could move, but such movement is rare because their giant mass requires an equally enormous force to get them going.

"We don't expect the majority of supermassive black holes to be moving; they're usually content to just sit around," Dominic Pesce, study leader and astronomer at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement.

More:
https://www.livescience.com/moving-supermassive-black-hole.html?utm_source=notification

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Reply A supermassive black hole is speeding through space, and astronomers don't know why (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 18 OP
Atticus Mar 18 #1
Judi Lynn Mar 19 #9
padfun Mar 18 #2
KPN Mar 18 #3
Thomas Hurt Mar 18 #4
Irish_Dem Mar 18 #5
MisterNiceKitty Mar 18 #6
Judi Lynn Mar 19 #10
iscooterliberally Mar 18 #7
Judi Lynn Mar 19 #11
Duppers Mar 19 #8
Judi Lynn Mar 19 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:13 PM

1. For years I have referred to Republicans as "the Dark Side". This may be the "mother ship"

returning to pick up her spawn.

Addendum: seriously, thanks for another mind-expanding article.

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Response to Atticus (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 07:07 PM

9. I never had any idea they could travel, too! Yikes. Thank you. ⭐️

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:22 PM

2. 230M light years away.

That's not even in the Virgo Supercluster. That is a good find for an astronomer.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:26 PM

3. Can we tie Marjorie Taylor Greene to that force

and have her sucked away at 110000 mph too?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:36 PM

4. It is sentient and is looking for a new place to graze.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:04 PM

5. Trump's evil mothership is coming to pick him up.

There are some other planets in the galaxy to be destroyed.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:38 PM

6. I suppose DU is not a good place to discuss science

Still keep posting OP, thanks!

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Response to MisterNiceKitty (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 07:08 PM

10. Thank you! 🐈

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 04:56 PM

7. I ordered the black hole from Amazon Prime and got free 230 million light year shipping!



Kidding aside, great post! Thank you!!

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Response to iscooterliberally (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 07:10 PM

11. Thank you, ISL. 👋

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 11:02 AM

8. MOST interesting.

TY, Judi Lynn.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 07:12 PM

12. Thank you, Duppers. ⭐️

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