Astronomers have discovered for the first time a black hole that does not swallow stars, but stimulates their birth. It is located in the center of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10. In images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have seen a bridge of hot gas that connects the black hole and the nearest star-forming region. This is reported in a publication in the journal Nature.
Previously discovered black holes tear apart stars approaching them and absorb their matter. The black hole in the galaxy Henize 2-10, on the contrary, “produces” new luminaries.
The dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 is located 30 million light-years from Earth. There are ten times fewer stars in it than in our Milky Way, and there is a black hole in the center of the galaxy. This made scientists pay attention to scientists about 10 years ago.
“From the very beginning, it was clear that something unusual was happening in Henize 2-10. Now Hubble has provided a clear picture of the connection between the black hole and a nearby star-forming region,” said study co-author Amy Raines.
Telescope images show hot gas escaping from the black hole toward a nearby star-forming region 230 light-years away. Astronomers believe that a few million years ago, a stream of hot gas crashed into a gas cloud and spread out – new stars line up perpendicular to this stream, thus marking the path of its propagation.
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