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In the center of the Milky Way found tens of thousands of black holes

05.04.2018
Science, Space, USA

The supermassive black hole in the center of our Galaxy is surrounded by a string of tens of thousands of ordinary black holes.
Observations of their motion will help verify Einstein's theory of relativity, say scientists at Columbia University.

"Throughout the rest of the galaxy, we managed to open just five hundred black holes. However, the theory suggests that in a small region in the center of the Milky Way, whose length, width and height are only six light years, there are at least 10,000 such objects, "said Chuck Haley from Columbia University in an article published in the journal Nature.

In the center of the Milky Way and presumably all other galaxies of the Universe there is an unusually large black hole. Its astronomers call Sgr A *, it is surrounded by dozens of stars and large clouds of gas. When they approach the center for too close a distance, they are torn to pieces, generating powerful flashes of light.

It is noted that this does not happen in the case of black holes. They do not break up into pieces, approaching Sgr A *, and after a while merge with it, without causing any flares. For this reason, scientists have not yet been able to calculate black holes in the center of the Milky Way and to check whether their number of theories describing the life of galaxies correctly predicts.

In total, scientists managed to find 12 such objects at a short distance from the supermassive black hole, half of which can be pairs of pulsars and black holes. Their location and properties indicate that about 500 similar double stars and about 10 thousand single black holes revolve around Sgr A *.

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