It almost seems like astronomers are in the race to uncover the biggest black holes they can find. Recently, a team of German astronomers claimed to have discovered a black hole that is 40 billion times larger than the solar mass.
But what if there are many smaller black holes?
In a study published today in the prestigious journal Science a team of astronomers from Ohio State University claims to have discovered an object that belongs to a previously-missing class of black holes.
"We show this indication that there is another population that we still really need to investigate in the search for black holes," lead author Todd Thompson said in a statement
If this were confirmed, current ones would have to Theories consider a new class of black holes. This forces us to reconsider how stars and other types of celestial objects are born and die.
Thompson and his team were confused about the large gap between the size of the largest neutron stars ̵
Neutron stars are quite small – tw o to three times the mass of the Sun – but larger stars tend to collapse and form black holes.
Her smoking weapon: a giant red star circling something that initially seemed too small to be a black hole in the Milky Way, but much larger than the neutron stars we know.
Your find It turned out to be a low-mass black hole, and it was only 3.3 times the mass of the Sun – usually the black holes we found in the past are at least that Five times the mass of the sun or much, much bigger.
The discovery could redefine the way we view the life cycle of a star.
"If we could uncover a new population of black holes, we would learn more about which stars explode, which do not, which form black holes that form neutron stars," Thompson said. "It opens a new field of research."
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