Supermassive black holes could be farting out tons of gas which in turn create 'new stars' according to fresh research.
Detailed observations of the massive space entities has seen slivers of newly formed gases near to a 13 million-year-old black hole. Japanese scientists used the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, South America to make the discovery.
Said disocvery has since seen scientists theorise over how the black holes are creating 'new stars'. The process seems to involve sucking up bits of gas and dust from space before coughing it back out.
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A whopping 97% of gas is spat right back out into space, and just 3% of the intake of black holes is kept inside the bottomless void. Dense, ionized gas clouds are formed in the centre, according to the latest research paper.
Published yesterday, the paper maintains galaxies with a 'supermassive black hole at their centre' is delivering gas to the wider galaxy which eventually forms stars, a recent report showed.
The paper read: "Most galaxies contain a supermassive black hole at their centre. When gas falls toward the black hole, it heats up and emits radiation and can be observed as an active galactic nucleus. However, it is not known how gas is delivered from the wider galaxy to the inner region around the black hole.
"We observed the active nucleus of the Circinus Galaxy using submillimeter interferometry. A dense inflow of molecular gas was evident on subparsec scales.
"We calculated that less than 3% of this inflow is accreted by the black hole, with the rest being ejected by multiphase outflows, providing feedback to the host galaxy."
In layman's terms, it means the black holes around the galaxy are spitting out newly formed stars, cited in the research paper as a 'low-luminosity quasar'. Further space developments see space junk, potentially, become a problem of the past.
Tractor beams made infamous by the likes of Star Trek and sci-fi from the last few decades could indeed be a viable science. It is just the time and money needed to develop them is not available at present.
Coined by sci-fi author E.E. Smith of Galactic Patrol fame, the tractor beams present in his classic bits of fiction could indeed be a reality. Their purpose? Destroying junk leftover from trips to and from the moon.
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