Black Hole Spotted In Glow Of The Big Bang
Astronomers detected an ancient light. Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered a jet from a very distant supermassive black hole being illuminated by the oldest light in the universe.
They just detected a light using Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The light was emitted from the jet when the Universe was only 2.7 billion years old, a fifth of its present age. At this point, the intensity of the cosmic microwave background radiation, or CMB, left over from the Big Bang was much greater than it is today.
Many long jets emitted by supermassive black holes have been detected in the nearby universe, but exactly how these jets give off X-rays has remained a matter of debate. This phenomenal length of the jet, found in the system known as B3 0727+409, is at least 300,000 light years.
In astronomy, space and time are related. In B3 0727+409, it appears that the CMB is being boosted to X-ray wavelengths. Scientists have so far identified very few jets distant enough that their X-ray.
Normally, these objects or light are observed using the radio wavelengths of light, which are far from X-rays on the spectrum of light, and according to Simionescu, the jet in this particular system seems to have very little signal in radio wavelengths.
Aurora Simionescu at JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Studies (ISAS) who led the study said
Nobody understands the exact details of how this happens, but probably through a twisted geometry of the magnetic fields, some of the material swirling around just on the verge of falling into the black hole is sometimes accelerated in really energetic jets moving away from the black hole instead…
“If bright X-ray jets can exist with very faint or undetected radio counterparts, it means that there could be many more of them out there because we haven’t been systematically looking for them,” said Mr Stawarz.
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The research was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.