Deepest X-Ray Image Shows Thousands Of Massive Black Holes

By Dante Noe Raquel II , Jan 06, 2017 09:34 PM EST

An incomparable image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving an transnational team of space scientist the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years founded soon after the Big Bang. This is the deepest X-ray image ever gained, collected with about 7 million seconds, or 11 and a half weeks, of Chandra spotting time.

The image originates from what is known as the Chandra Deep Field-South. The dominant region of the image contains the highest attention of supermassive black holes ever seen, equivalent to about 5,000 matters that would fit into the area of the full Moon and about a billion over the whole sky.

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"With this one remarkable picture, we can explore the initial days of black holes in the Universe and see how they revolved over billions of years," said Niel Brandt, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the professor of physics, Penn State, who directed a team of astronomers reviewing the deep image.

"It can be very tough to detect black holes in the early Universe because they are so far-off and they only produce radioactive energy if they're actively pulling in matter," said team member Bin Luo, professor of astronomy and space science, Nanjing University. "But by gazing long enough with Chandra, we can find and study large figures of growing black holes, some of which look as if not long after the Big Bang."

The new ultra-deep X-ray image lets scientists to explore ideas about how supermassive black holes cultivated about one to two billion years after the Big Bang. Using these information, the researchers showed that these black holes in the early Universe grow mostly in spurts, rather than via the slow buildup of matter.

The researchers as well have found hints that the seeds for supermassive black holes may be "heavy" with masses about 10,000 to 100,000 times than of the Sun, rather than light seeds with about 100 times the Sun's form. This reports an important mystery in astrophysics about how these matters can grow so quickly to reach masses of about a billion times the Sun in the early Universe.

They also have detected X-rays from enormous galaxies at distances up to about 12.5 billion light years from Earth. Most of the X-ray discharge from the most distant galaxies likely comes from large groups of stellar-mass black holes within the assemblies. These black holes are formed from the ruin of massive stars and typically weigh a few to a few dozen eras the mass of the Sun.

"By detecting X-rays from such reserved galaxies, we're learning more about the creation and evolution of stellar-mass and black holes in the early Universe," said team member Fabio Vito, postdoctoral academic in astronomy and astrophysics, Penn State. "We're observing back to times when black holes were in vital phases of growth, like hungry infants and youngsters."

Further work using Chandra and future X-ray viewpoints will be needed to provide a definite solution to the mystery of how black holes can quickly reach large masses. A larger sample of distant galaxies will come from remarks with the James Webb Space Telescope, extending the study of X-ray release from black holes out to even greater distances from Earth.

The researchers dispensed their results today (Jan. 5) at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, Texas. A paper on black hole growing in the early Universe, led by Fabio Vito, was published in the Aug. 10, 2016, issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A survey paper led by Bin Luo was recently accepted for periodical in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.

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