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Giant black hole in our galaxy is spinning so fast it’s distorting space-time

A group of scientists recently made a significant discovery regarding the black hole positioned at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

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By utilizing NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope, a team of physicists meticulously calculated the rotational velocity of the colossal black hole, Sagittarius A*. These findings were unveiled in the most recent issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Their analysis revealed that Sagittarius A*, situated approximately 26,000 light-years away from our planet, is rotating at an astonishing speed.

This rapid rotation exerts a tremendous force, effectively pulling and distorting the surrounding fabric of space-time, akin to compressing it like the squishing of a football, as reported by CNN.

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“With this spin, Sagittarius A* will be dramatically altering the shape of space-time in its vicinity,” Ruth Daly, the lead author on the study, told CNN.

“We’re used to thinking and living in a world where all the spatial dimensions are equivalent — the distance to the ceiling and the distance to the wall and the distance to the floor … they all sort of are linear, it’s not like one is totally squished up compared to the others.”

“But if you have a rapidly rotating black hole, the space-time around it is not symmetric,” Daly said, according to CNN. “The spinning black hole is dragging all of the space-time around with it … it squishes down the space-time, and it sort of looks like a football.”

That may sound alarming, but don’t worry; the black hole is way too far away to affect us here on Earth.

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But, Daly said, understanding how black holes function can help scientists learn more about the formation and evolution of galaxies like our own.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of anomalien.com, a website he created in 2013.