Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Black hole millions of times the size of our sun is 'hurtling' through space - and scientists warn there could be many more

Astronomers have found a black hole several million times the size of our sun hurtling through space - and there could be many more of these deadly intergalactic missiles.

It requires almost unimaginable force to move one - but scientists think that 'gravity waves', ripples in the fabric of space predicted by Einstein, could 'kick' black holes out of their home galaxies.

The astronomers predict there could be 'many' hurtling black holes out there at - and that the objects, moving at milluions of miles per hour, would be completely invisible to our telescopes.

The objects have such intense gravity they can tear stars apart.

Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk at the centre of most galaxies, including our own Milky Way.

‘It's hard to believe that a supermassive black hole weighing millions of times the mass of the sun could be moved at all, let alone kicked out of a galaxy at enormous speed,’ said Francesca Civano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

‘But these new data support the idea that gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of space first predicted by Albert Einstein but never detected directly -- can exert an extremely powerful force.’ Read More