A new study has suggested that there may be “astonishingly large” black holes, harboring the mass of 100 billion suns. The discovery of such an enormous region of space-time could shed light on the mystery of dark matter.
In the center of most galaxies there are supermassive black holes with masses that are millions to billions of times the size of the Earth’s sun. At the heart of our own Milky Way is Sagittarius A *, who weighs around 4.5 million solar masses. The largest black hole ever discovered is TON 618 and has an incredible mass of 66 billion solar masses.
But what if there are bigger black holes out there? A new study has postulated the possible existence of “Incredibly Large Black Holes”
A burning question about SLABs is how such an amazingly large region of space-time would ever form. The theory of the merging of multiple black holes has already been rejected by previous research because they could not reach supermassive size because the universe is simply not old enough.
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One possible explanation, however, is that the black holes could have origins that go back to the consequences of the Big Bang that created the universe. The theory suggests that random density fluctuations could have bundled enough matter to collapse into black holes, which then served as “Seed” for gigantic SLABs.
The researchers say that the possibility that such massive black holes exist has been the focus of surprisingly little research, even though they could in principle exist and they could help solve some of the dark matter questions that have haunted physics for decades.
Dark matter is believed to make up around 80 percent of the matter in the universe, but it has yet to be discovered directly. Finding it would eventually solve one of the most scratchy puzzles in science, but until now researchers have only had to rely on studying its effects of gravity on normal matter.
“Some people may be skeptical about the existence of SLABs because they are difficult to educate.” The study co-author Bernard Carr, a theoretical cosmologist at Queen Mary University in London, told Space.com.
“However, people were also skeptical of medium-sized and supermassive black holes until they were found. We don’t know if there are SLABs, but we hope that our paper will stimulate discussion in the community. “
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