Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Medium Black Hole: 50,000 times Mass of Sun Tearing a Star

Scientists in the United States have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to discover a medium-sized black hole (IMBH) 740 million light-years from Earth, 50,000 times the mass of the sun, tearing a nearby star with a huge gravitational pull, according to a paper published in the astrophysical journal Letters.

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Medium Black Hole: 50,000 times Mass of Sun Tearing a Star

The newly discovered medium-sized black hole (at the center of the winning circle) lies on the edge of the outer Milky Way.

Dr. Lin, a scientist at the University of New Hampshire in the United States, and his team used the Hubble Space Telescope to track and analyze previous clues from the U.S.-Europe X-ray Observatory to locate the medium-sized black hole.

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Medium Black Hole: 50,000 times Mass of Sun Tearing a Star

Hubble Space Telescope.

Medium-sized black holes are larger than ordinary black holes formed by the collapse of stars, but smaller than supermassive black holes at the center of the Milky Way, and the reasons for their formation remain a mystery and crucial to the mechanism by which supermassive black holes form. At the same time, because medium-sized black holes are not always at the center of the Milky Way, as they are, it is not easy to find them in the vast universe.

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Medium Black Hole: 50,000 times Mass of Sun Tearing a Star

It is not easy to find black holes in the vast universe, but the interaction of black holes with surrounding objects can reveal their tracks.

The discovery of a medium-sized black hole is tearing through a wandering star too close with its huge gravitational pull, bursting out of huge X-rays that scientists can locate and analyze its mass.

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Medium Black Hole: 50,000 times Mass of Sun Tearing a Star

The newly discovered medium-sized black hole is tearing a star and bursting out of huge X-rays, thus “exposing” its whereabouts.

The team says the discovery of medium-sized black holes could help scientists detect more medium-sized black holes in the darkness of space.