Hubble Telescope catches rare cosmic collision inside black hole [Video]

The Hubble telescope has sent astronomers this breathtaking photo of a collision between two ejected clumps of high-speed matter.
By Jeremy Morrow | May 28, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope has dazzled NASA and ESA scientists once again with this brand new photo of a high-speed collision in the center of a black hole. According to NDTV, the collision happened so fast that astronomers didn't even realize it occurred until they pieced together a time-lapse of multiple frames of the black hole.

The supermassive black hole resides in a galaxy about 260 million light years from the Earth. Eileen Meyer, a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland says she's never seen anything quite like the collision before. It was the first time a collision between two objects has occurred in an extragalactic jet. This allows scientists the opportunity to see how the energy produced by the collision is radiated out into space.

Objects in a black hole start to do weird things; Meyer said that the fast knot that rear-ended the slower one was traveling at nearly seven times the speed of light. The knot that sustained the rear-end collision was moving much slower, though it was still traveling faster than the speed of light.

"Knots" of material are commonly ejected from gravitationally compact objects, though it is rare for scientists to observe the motion of these objects with optical telescopes. The extragalactic jet, far from the center of the black hole, is a phenomenon still not well understood by astronomers.

The jet appeared to transport energized plasma in a concentrated beam from the center of the host galaxy, which created shocks as a result of collisions between energized particles within the jet.

You can watch a video of the fascinating collision here:


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