A recent study conducted by a team of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology predicts a cosmic event of unprecedented proportions. The study reveals that two supermassive black holes located in deep space, approximately 9 billion light-years away, are set to collide in approximately 10,000 years. The supermassive black holes in question are each estimated to have a mass that is hundreds of millions of times greater than the Sun. The distance between the two bodies is so great that it is nearly fifty times greater than the distance between our Sun and Pluto.
The expected collision between the two supermassive black holes is expected to cause a cosmic quake that will shake space and time itself. The impact will create gravity waves that will ripple throughout the universe, causing a disturbance of immense proportions. The study was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters under the title “The Unexpected Phenomenology of the Blazar PKS 2131-021: A Unique Supermassive Black Hole Binary.”
The study focuses on a quasar, known as PKS 2131-021, which is a member of the blazar subclass of quasars and is characterized by a jet that is pointed directly towards Earth. Quasars are incredibly powerful objects that are propelled by black holes that are millions or billions of times more massive than the Sun. Despite the fact that astronomers have previously recognized the possibility that quasars may contain two supermassive black holes in orbit, it has been difficult to establish conclusive proof.
PKS 2131-021 has been observed by astronomers for more than 45 years and is now the second known quasar to contain two supermassive black holes that are set to collide, according to the researchers. The first known quasar to contain two black holes that circle each other every nine years but are further apart is OJ 287.
In conclusion, the anticipated collision between these two supermassive black holes is expected to create a cosmic event of immense proportions that will ripple throughout the universe and shake space and time itself.