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Just a day or two ago, the astronomic society and as well as the geology society were taken aback when the news spread-out that a new galaxy has been discovered. As NASA said, “crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th” in relation with the new galaxy found. First there were reports but later on the search was led by Anil Seth, an astronomer in University of Utah and confirmed by him that there existed a new galaxy, never discovered before. After a detailed study into the new found galaxy, the galaxy was named ‘M60-UCD1’ and the most interesting thing about that is the fact that it lies about 54 million light-years away from Earth. The dwarf galaxy orbits and revolves around M60, one of the largest galaxies near the Milky Way.
This is being called the dwarf galaxy as with any dwarf galaxy is the fact that it has a small fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way. Another very daunting mystery about this mystery is the discovery of the Black Hole which lies at the core of this galaxy. NASA is referring to this black hole as “monstrous” and “supermassive” as it has the mass equal to five times the mass of the black hole at the core of our own Milky Way galaxy. This mystery astonished the astronauts as they fear the already feared mysteries of black holes. One more black hole and even 5 times larger than what actually was in Milky way, sure O Boy there are about to be some shrieks in this matter. When comparing the density of the Milky Way and the newly-discovered galaxy, NASA said looking at the night time onto sky from Earth reveals around 4,000 stars. Someone looking up onto the sky from the inside of M60-UCD1, new galaxy would see a million stars.
According to NASA, this finding indicates that potentially there and could be many other dense-r galaxies throughout the universe that also have giant black holes and even bigger than the one recently discovered. At the very same time, space agency said, this discovery may mean that dwarf galaxies as such M60-UCD1 could possibly be the secluded parts of larger galaxies that broke apart during effective events like collisions.
“We don’t know of any other way you could make a black hole so big in an object this small,” Anil Seth, the astronomer of University of Utah responded in a NASA statement, as to the only possibility of the ratio between the black hole and the dwarf galaxy.
Anil Seth’s team used the Hubble telescope coupled with Hawaii’s Gemini North-8 meter optical and also infrared telescope in identifying the new galaxy and also measuring the new black hole’s mass. NASA explained that these discovered black holes are mostly “gravitationally collapsed, ultra-compact objects that have a gravitational pull so strong that even light cannot escape.”
Fingers crossed for all the future black hole and galaxy discoveries. We never know what might hit us next!