Elaine Meinel Supkis
Once again, I am proven right. Chandra shows clearly that there are two huge black holes in Abell 400 and they are definitely not only falling into each other, they are spiralling into a mutual jointure. Space is not rapidly expanding and stretching, it is warping and plunging inwards, all black holes are moving in spirals into each other.
Black holes revealed in death spin
21:29 06 April 2006
NewScientist.com news service
Scientists have found new evidence that a pair of voracious black holes in the galaxy cluster Abell 400 are orbiting one another, probably on a path towards an eventual merger. Learning more about such collisions could help astronomers seeking to detect the gravitational waves generated.
Supermassive black holes are extremely dense, massive objects thought to have consumed millions or billions of stars from their surrounding environment. The Milky Way's own supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, is thought to contain the equivalent of about 4 million suns.
Radio waves from plasma-emitting jets associated with the two supermassive black holes in Abell 400 were first detected in 1984. Observations of the jets' bending and twisting behaviour indicated that the pair were interacting, but did not prove they were actually gravitationally bound.
Now, using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, scientists from the University of Bonn, Germany, the University of Virginia, US, and the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, have shown that the jets streaming behind the two black holes bend in the same direction. This shows the black holes are traveling together through the galaxy cluster, and that suggests the two are orbiting each other.
This isn't a "death spin". This is more like a marriage of like minds. I really wish science writers used different metaphors to describe what happens when space/time deforms so much, various star systems and black holes slide into each other. Just like the black holes that have created all galaxies: they aren't "devouring" anything, they are COMPRESSING matter into an ever-deepening gravitational depression, namely, just like if you roll marbles on your bed while your mate lies on it, they all roll into his or hers bodies and then make the bed rather uncomfortable. Even if your mate eats the marbles for some demented reason, they would still be there and will add, to some small degree, the the reclining mate's weight, depressing the bed even more.
Roll infinite numbers of marbles and they eventually will crash the bed frame unless it is a water bed.
Here is an earlier article about this same "black hole" event in yet another galaxy. New Scientist:
Black holes are double trouble for galaxy
12:10 20 November 2002
NewScientist.com news service
Two monstrous black holes are jostling for power in the same galaxy, the Chandra X-ray satellite has revealed. The pair will slam into each other in a few hundred million years, giving the fabric of space-time a good shake.
"Today for the first time, thanks to the Chandra X-ray observatory's unparalleled ability to spot black holes, we see something that is a harbinger of a cataclysmic event to come," a NASA official told a press conference on Tuesday.
Stefanie Komossa of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, and her colleagues used Chandra to look at an extraordinarily bright galaxy called NGC 6240, which is about 400 million light years from Earth.
Far from being "trouble" for a galaxy, having a black hole is a necessity. We still don't understand how multiple black holes merge. Evidently, they probably don't blow up the galatic conglameration or there would be no galaxies.
Always, the unanswered question is why are all these black holes and galaxies sliding into each other if the universe is expanding faster and faster? Something is going to give and I am betting human explanations will be the thing these black holes will eat without so much as a burp.