For astronomy enthusiasts or scientists, a black hole is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, fascinating and terrifying objects in the universe, devouring everything nearby. What happens if a black hole appears directly above the solar system? Lorenzo Iorio, a recent researcher at Italy’s Ministry of Education, schools and research centers, created the model.
If an Earth-like planet orbits a sun-like star and a supermassive black hole is only a second away from the star (the cosmic distance scale is equivalent to 3.26 light-years), the planet will not survive, Irio said. Ilio’s research will be published in the forthcoming Astrophysical Journal.
“If calculated at the current earth’s centriplanet, the planet could affect its stars between 2 and 3 million years, ” says Mr Irio. “In his model, the supermassive black hole M87 was inserted, the only black hole humans have ever seen in real life, the first image released last year by Event Horizon Telescope.
Irio stressed that his model is too simple to be applied to the history of our planet or other systems. It only considers the existence of black holes, stars and planets, not many other objects that play a role in the actual dynamics of the universe. He hopes the work could be applied to other triple systems, and may even look for planet 9 in our solar system.