Once again, it is after “bedtime”, yet I am finding myself spaced out! A recent article posted at space.com presented details regarding a fascinating site that has been observed, telescopically. It seems that astronomers in Europe have gotten to see a rare sight that initiates interest, while creating further levels of curiousity about all within the great beyond!
Astronomers working at Observatory of Geneva, at Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. and within the municipality of Versoix, Switzerland, recently have viewed another of the awesome activities occurring within deep space. Their telescopes were aimed at the distant galaxy NGC 4845, where newly discovered locations and celestial objects were being observed. This particular galaxy is a current standout in recent studies of space because of an unusual activity occurring at it’s core.
The supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 4845 seems to have gotten hold of an object that unfortunately drifted too closely to it! Apparently, a rogue planet, or it may have been a brown dwarf, was loose from the gravitational connections of any solar system, or nearby worlds. It was a floater, and it was unfortunate to have drifted into a realm of no-return!
This gas giant drifted out of it’s original area of placement, moving toward the core of NGC 4845. At that point, the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core was able to get hold of the world adrift with it’s intense gravitational force. Now, it seems that the black hole is sucking off of the gas giant, which will continue until the planet is reduced to nothing!
Scientists are saying that this is the first time that such an event has been viewed. This victimized object is believed to be a lost gas giant, yet it may be a brown dwarf. Whatever it is/was, allegedly had a mass that equalled to 0.5 times the mass of Jupiter. However massive it was, it is GONE now!
Supermassive black holes are objects which emit the most powerful forces of gravity known! They are the largest kinds of black holes in the universe, being as massive as hundreds of times to thousands of times the mass of The Sun. They are located at the centers of all galaxies. Our Milky Way has it’s own supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*. It may have been getting it’s snack on recently, as astronomers were observing flare bursts from it’s core at the end of 2012!
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