What can a massive black hole do? You wouldn’t want to know? Now here comes PDS 456. It’s a quasar, its young relative to the age of the galaxy but here’s the catch. It’s backed up by a monster black hole. You can breathe easily now, since according to NSA it’s about 2 billion light years away from our planet. I’m sure it’s pretty far.
So what’s so special about this quasar anyway? For one thing it’s bigger than our sun twelve times over. And what’s more, it has an energy power source compared to a trillion of stars. This type of energy will decimate everything in our solar system with one sweep without even knowing we exist
The reason NASA wants us to know about black hole is not to intimidate us, it’s really too far, but to share with us the inner working of black holes how they interact with our galaxy. To examine this space phenomenon, NASA made use for the first time its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) working in tandem with ESA (European Space Agency)’s XMM-Newton telescope. This is to prove what astronomers have been suspecting all this time: that the winds blasted from a black hole blow outward in all directions, making a spherical shape.
Black holes are defined by NASA as “a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape it.” When matter is pulled into a black hole, it a lot of energy is formed. By blasting outward in all directions, black holes play a major role in determining what’s around them.
“We know black holes in the centers of galaxies can feed on matter, and this process can produce winds. This is thought to regulate the growth of the galaxies,” Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NuSTAR (NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array),” said in aNASA press release.
The entire report, “Black hole feedback in the luminous quasar PDS 456,” can be found in the February edition of Science Magazine.