Astronomers from the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics found a supermassive black hole which is moving, in the spiral galaxy J0437+2456, some 228 million light-years away from Earth. It is moving 110,000mph. It’s mass is about three million times more than our sun. The team is unclear why the black hole is moving, as they are typically stationary. They used a technique called very long baseline interferometry that relies on networks of radio telescopes. There are several possible explanations, including a past collision with another supermassive black hole. This galaxy could teach us a lot about black holes. The team plans to conduct more observations of J0437+2456 galaxy. Further observations will ultimately be needed.
Scientists have long theorized that the cosmic wonders can move through space, but observing them doing this has proved near impossible. We don’t expect the majority of supermassive black holes to be moving; they’re usually content to just sit around,’ said Dominic Pesce, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics who led the study. The origin of supermassive black holes, which have a mass millions of times greater than our sun, is disputed: some physicists believe they are formed by accreting matter, sucking it into its gravitational pull, while others believe they have existed since the origins of the universe.