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Black Hole 2,6K Light Years away from Its Galaxy 0 Comments

By Richard D. [Yorker Press]
Saturday, November 22, 2014 | Posted in ,

Markarian 177 Black Hole Galaxy
Yorker News - Black Hole 2,6K Light Years away from Its Galaxy Core - Researchers have found a dwarf galaxy called Markarian 177 some 90 million light years from Earth by making use of data collected by NASA's Swift satellite, the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope.

Up till now, it has been found that supermassive black holes are seated at the heart of their host galaxies, but in this case the researchers were amazed to discover a supermassive black hole candidate, SDSS1133, some 2,600 light-years away from this dwarf galaxy Markarian 177.

The astronomers made use of the Keck II telescope in Hawaii to obtain near-infrared images of the galaxy Markarian 177 and SDSS1133 black hole. They found that the diameter of the object's "emitting radius" was less than 40 light-years.

Chao-Ling Hung, of the University of Hawaii, further explained that the team identified signs, indicating that the object's host galaxy was involved in rapid star formation. There were also evidences of a recent disturbance that seemed to have occurred by a recoiling black hole.

In the past, astronomers have spent lots of time trying to find out the orphaned black holes and they have now finally succeeded in locating a promising candidate in this Markarian 177 galaxy that is located in the constellation Big Dipper.

Team member Laura Blecha, who is a researcher at the University of Maryland, has reported all the observations in the Friday's issue of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK.

Blecha explained, "Astronomers searching for recoiling black holes have been unable to confirm a detection, so finding even one of these sources would be a major discovery. It's either the first example we've confirmed in this very exotic class of objects, or it's the most exotic, extreme example of a very common class of objects".

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