The Andromeda galaxy has a “silent” black hole: NASA captures the image – El Sol de México

The Andromeda galaxy has a “silent” black hole: NASA captures the image – El Sol de México
The Andromeda galaxy has a “silent” black hole: NASA captures the image – El Sol de México

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, acronym in English) released the impressive image of a massive black hole found in the neighboring galaxy of the Milky Way, Andromeda. This image has provided explanations in the eating habits of this gravitational phenomenon.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope was the one that captured the said black hole, an image in which you can see how streams of dust thousands of light years long are heading towards said gravitational phenomenon, located in the center of the galaxy. Andromeda.

As supermassive black holes gobble up gas and dust, the material heats up just before falling, creating incredible light shows, sometimes brighter than an entire galaxy full of stars. When the material is consumed in groups of different sizes, the black hole’s brightness fluctuates.NASA explains

The space agency explains that “silent” black holes are named because “the little light they emit does not vary significantly in brightness, suggesting that they are consuming a small but constant flow of food.” Both in our galaxy and in Andromeda, there are the “quietest devourers of the universe.”

Streams of dust spanning thousands of light years approach the black hole slowly and spirally, similar to the way water swirls down a drain.NASA explains

What is a black hole?

According to NASA, a black hole is defined as an astronomical object that has such a gravitational force that not even light can escape from it.

The “surface” of a black hole, called the event horizon, defines the limit where the speed required to evade it exceeds the speed of light, which is the speed limit in the cosmos. Matter and radiation are trapped and cannot escape.NASA explains

 
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