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A recent study indicates that a vast majority of black holes in our galaxy are traveling at incredible speeds due to the recoil kick they receive after a supernova collapses. There are possibly up to 1 billion of these powerful and strange celestial objects in our galaxy, according to NASA.
The astronomers say our galaxy may be full of black holes that zip across the galaxy at speeds faster than that of a bullet, Science Alert reported Friday.
Black holes have typically been thought of as supermassive stars that have collapsed in on themselves after a supernova explosion and therefore retain their velocity and trajectory. However, scientists now say that black holes can be violently propelled across the galaxy as a result of a supernova recoil – an effect known as the Blaauw kick, or ‘natal’ kick. This effect has previously been observed in neutron stars and now scientists say black holes are prone to the same affect. Black holes launched by a Blaauw kick can travel at speeds of up to 70 km per second, Science Alert says.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: deckdel
must be a journalist just having no idea.
Actually not. In most cases consumer grade science is a mess.
originally posted by: gb540
originally posted by: Gothmog
Well , billions in a galaxy don't add up to much.
It might when you're traveling between systems, and pass too close to one that wasn't mapped.
Wonder how observable they are with current tech.
originally posted by: nOraKat
So thats where all my stuff goes. It falls into a black hole.