Astronomers may have seen the missing link in an unusual space phenomenon. Astronomers in Japan have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way galaxy, which they suggest to be the missing link in the development black holes that have been in theory.
IMBHs – Intermediate-mass black holes believed to be the missing link are hard to find because of their inability to give out their light, but can be found by their relationship with other objects, as said in Science magazine.
Research published in Nature Astronomy, a team of researchers at Keio University in Yokohama discovered a unique molecular cloud of gas close to our galaxy.
The scientists discovered that the gas cloud displayed a broad range of movement that proposes the cloud has a black hole of 100,000 solar masses, as reported by Science. The scientists in a bid to know more about the gas cloud found the radio waves which looked like that of Sagittarius A. The radio waves are about 500 times less luminous.
The likeliness between the newly found gas and Sagittarius A shows the gas is an intermediate-mass black hole. The study stated that its apparent that black holes that possess masses more than a million solar ones are concealed at the middle of massive galaxies. However, the origins of such massive black holes are not known.
The magazine has it that the scientists see the gas as the centre of a dwarf galaxy that was merged into the Milky Way, and would probably fall into Sagittarius A. Theoretical studies have forecasted that there should be about 100 million to 1 billion black holes in the Milky Way, and about 60 have been discovered via observations. The scientists hope to move ahead with the research explore other clouds with black holes.