There is indeed a time of rejoicing for the member of the scientific community. A group of astrophysicists actually managed to get a hold of a footage depicting a genuine black hole in action. Magnetic fields expose black hole’s mechanics and it not your everyday, garden-variety black hole.
The team of scientist, which made this stupendous discovery, were using the Event Horizon Telescope in order to chart the area surrounding a star cluster named Sagittarius A. What they didn’t hope to discover was the actual manifestation of a magnetical field, which lies just outside the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.
Studying black holes is now something new under the sun, so to say. Scientists have been looking for these light-sucking phenomenon for decades now. So, what makes this case interesting? Well, for once, the black hole we are talking about is at the heart of our very own Milky Way. Not to mention the fact that the black hole itself pales in comparison with other similar phenomena.
Upon reviewing their observation on the supermassive black hole’s strength, the scientists have discovered that its power is directly related to the intensity of the magnetic field surrounding it. Moreover, upon taking a closer look at the event horizon, the team actually managed to capture some additional compact black holes.
The outer space journey takes a whole new meaning now that they’ve actually found a way in which to gather additional data about a black hole’s mechanics. In order to give the study a little more depth, the team has decided to embark in a journey, that is scheduled to last a few years.
During this time, they will take pictures, so to say, of the magnetic field visible outside the black hole’s event horizon. Basically, the team is looking for signs on polarized light. As light passes through a magnetic field, it leaves behind a personal mark, a signature mark if you like, a trait that can help scientists retrace the steps of a certain magnetic field.
Using this quantic signature, the team will be able to identify each magnetic field around the supermassive black hole and even discover adjacent ones. But there is more to is than checking out how the magnetic field basks in the polarized light. They are hoping to uncover additional “fun” facts about those high-energy outbursts emanating from within the black hole itself.
Further studies would prove to be invaluable when it comes to the understanding of our own Universe.