Scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory of China discover an unusually heavy black hole.
This black hole, identified as LB-1, has a mass of about 70 solar masses. This is more than twice the mass as the maximum predicted by most current theories of stellar evolution.
According to the current theories of stellar evolution, a black hole forms from a supernova, which is an explosive death of a star. Although LB-1 was formed through a supernova, it shouldn’t be any bigger than the mass of 25 suns.
There are multiple theories as to why this black hole has come to life.
This black hole could have come to life due to a failed supernova. One that didn’t quite have enough energy to cause an explosion that would turn the star into stellar dust and rocks. Resulting in the remains to fall back into the black hole.
Another theory is that LB-1 could actually be two lighter black holes in a very tight embrace, locked in orbit. Based on this theory, the black hole pair should, in fact, be causing a subtle rocking motion. To test this theory, scientists are constantly taking readings from telescopes to detect this motion.
This scientific discovery has made people think differently about our universe.
Although it is not true that Einstein’s theory of general relativity has been proved incorrect, instead, it has made scientists wonder if there are some gaps to it.