A “storm” of black holes has rocked the galaxy

A storm of black holes has rocked the galaxy. For scientists, it could tell us something about the origins of the universe.

Black holes have been an unsolvable enigma for countless scientists, chief among them Albert Einstein. Astronomers have tried to deduce, from a distance of millions of light years and on the basis of information necessarily fragmentary, what were the characteristics of such giant galactic formations. From a different point of view, writers, directors and game developers have tried to imagine what revolutionary secrets could hide the most mysterious and fascinating of all celestial bodies. Formalizing their speculations into books, films, and interactive multimedia works, creatives have wondered: is it possible to travel from one end of space to the other via a black hole? Or maybe it's about time machines? Or even a crossing point between different dimensions? Speaking of fiction, the photo of a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy has been referred to precisely as a work of fiction: the Messier 87 shot is now known to anyone who has heard of it as "the eye of Sauron."

The latest study on black holes, however, comes from Japan and foreshadows a truly apocalyptic event: a "storm" of black holes from the devastating scope.

Here are all the details.

What is the storm of black holes observed by scientists in space

According to scientists, black holes are linked together. Representing this red line are what might be called "winds," generated by the activity of the huge objects and projected from inside to outside the black hole. When were the galactic winds born? The question was posed by Takuma Izumi, a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The team of astronomer has scrutinized the depths of the universe with the Subaru Telescope available to the university, identifying a hundred black holes 13 billion light years from Earth. A formation that, because of the time it takes light to get from one end of the universe to the other, is dated precisely 13 million years ago. A date very close to the origin of the universe.

What the authors of the discovery want to do now

"Our observations support recent high-precision computer simulations, which have predicted how co-evolutionary relationships were in place even 13 billion years ago." Those are the words in a note accompanying Izumi's study. The Japanese author now intends to broaden and deepen the process of observation, in order to understand whether the "storm of black holes" represents an accurate picture of the universe at that time, connected to the birth of galactic winds.

Giuseppe Giordano