A new image of a supermassive black hole shows astronomers for the first time capturing and mapping polarisation, a symbol of magnetic fields, so close to the black hole’s edge.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration published images that show how the black hole at the core of galaxy M87, which is 55 million light-years away, appears in polarised light.
Magnetic Field Of “Black Hole M87 “
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Over 300 researchers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America are part of the EHT collaboration. Scientists are still unsure how magnetic fields, which affect how matter moves due to magnetism, influence black hole behavior.
There will be a lot more surprises in store, the researchers said. In exploring the powerful gravity, the effect of spacetime, this is an exciting new era for human beings and certainly the best remains.
Facts about new image
The picture of M87’s black hole offered overwhelming evidence for the theory that supermassive black holes lurk in the cores of the majority (if not all) galaxies. They are the glue that holds galaxies together as well as a rule of their dynamics and evolution. However, it is unclear how they work.
As per the new polarized image, strong magnetic fields present around black holes can project and hold concentrated radiations of charged gas for thousands of light-years. They are connected to black holes through these intense magnetic fields.
Observations also revealed new details about the composition of the magnetic fields that exist beyond the black hole. This not only takes humanity one step closer to understanding how these mysterious and powerful jets are made, but it also explains how some ultra-hot matter can sneak outside of a black hole while resisting its gravity.
Research shows that the magnetic fields are solid enough to withstand the pull-back of the hot gas. Only gas slipping across the field will flow to the horizon of the case.
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