A Galaxy is Found with Three Super-massive Black Holes

We all knew about the black hole, it is a region of space-time exhibiting gravitational acceleration so strong that nothing can escape from it whether it is a particle, electromagnetic radiation or even light. All the galaxies in our universe has a super massive black hole in the center. Our milky way galaxy too have a black hole in its center.

Image Credit: P. Weilbacher
In the past scientists have found galaxies that share two black holes. A view of spiral galaxy NGC 7674 captured from the Hubble space telescope spotted signs of  two super massive black holes. The two black holes are separated by less than 1 light year and together harbor about 40 million times the mass of the sun.

However as per the new discovery, scientists have found a galaxy that have three supermassive black holes in its very center.

This newly discovered galaxy is known as NGC 6240 which is quite close to our galaxy i.e. about 300 million light years away. But unlike to our circular or spiral shape galaxy NBC 6240 has an odd shape. This odd shape led the astronomers and scientists to believe that this galaxy is actually a merger galaxy which were initially two separate galaxies.

Based on the theory of initially being two separate galaxies, the scientists thought NGC  6240 would have two black holes but unlike to their thought they discovered a third black hole, and each hole weighs somewhere around 90 million suns.

As per Dr, Peter Weilbacher of Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, " the discovery indicated that if there had been simultaneous galaxy merging processes happened, then the biggest galaxies with their central super massive black holes had evolved much faster."

This exciting but rather strange discovery had been done via the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the European Southern's very large telescope (VLT) located in Chile and has been published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
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