A flashing light from the deep space may finally prove a long debated theory that there are black holes. A black hole is said to come in existence when two merging galaxies become locked in gravitational pulls, forcing them to orbit around each other.
Astronomers from the University of Maryland say that there has been a recent detection of a pulsing quasar that may be evidence of a black hole or binaries as they are known to experts.
“We believe we have observed two supermassive black holes in closer proximity than ever before,” says astronomy Professor Suvi Gezari.
The black hole is possibly so close together they have emitted gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
Scientists contend that when a pair of black holes are orbiting in a binary pairing, consumption of the matter in orbit will be cyclical and cause periodic dimming and brightening of the quasar that was created.
Maryland astronomers initially went in search of this such quasars with the help of Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey in Hawaii.
What was found was a quasar with a massive black hole that let off a periodic flash of light that repeats every 542 days.
Researchers have taken this to believe that the light output of quasars is arrhythmic and not regular, so the unlikely precision is evidence that it’s a black hole and two objects in a binary system.
“The discovery of a compact binary candidate supermassive black hole system … which appears to be at such close orbital separation, adds to our limited knowledge of the end stages of the merger between supermassive black holes,” said graduate astronomy student Tingting Liu.
With telescopes getting larger and more specific it may soon be possible to also watch the orbital separation of black holes as they get smaller and smaller and eventually merge.