Updated: December 15, 2020 1:22:47 PM
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared images of two supermassive black holes merging and has received a lot of response on social media.
The official Instagram account at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shared a few images showing two supermassive black holes merging.
According to the post, the black holes in Galaxy NGC 6240 are 3,000 light-years apart and will drift together over millions of years to form a larger black hole.
According to a blog post from the observatory, the merging process began some 30 million years ago
The blog post also states that pairs of huge black holes that are merging together are expected to be the most powerful sources of gravitational waves in the Universe.
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope specially designed to detect X-rays from very hot regions of the universe, such as exploded stars, galaxy clusters and matter around black holes.
The telescope, orbiting 139,000 km in space, was launched during STS-93 by NASA in 1999 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
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For the uninitiated, supermassive black holes are the largest types of black holes, millions of times the mass of the sun.
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