While researching on a molecular cloud with inscrutable motion, a team of Chinese researchers has stumbled on the presence of drift black hole lurking in earth’s local galaxy – Milky Way. Most black holes can easily be noticed due to the gas circling them. If a black hole existed close to a star, then it becomes easily visible because of its super-hot circle of gas that encloses it as it drives objects from the star to void. But if a black hole is hovering in the space by itself; then it’s almost unfeasible to trace. But now, a team of scientists from Keio University, Japan have detected a revolutionary method that can by far identify these “quiet black holes”.
The research, led by Masaya Yamada, a graduate student at Keio University, Japan, and Tomoharu Oka, a professor at Keio University, alongside their associates brought the ASTE Telescope, located in Chile into play and also used the 45-m Radio Telescope, established in Nobeyama Radio Observatory for studying and detecting the molecular clouds in the region of W44 – the leftover of a supernova, located nearly 10,000 light-years from Earth. During the research, the scientists began stumbled on some eccentric pointers at the rim of W44, hinting them towards the existence of a stray of quite black holes in the Milky Way.
The molecule cloud of W44, which is dubbed as ‘Bullet’ was moving at a speed of over 100 kilometers per second. It is twofold the pace of sound moved in interstellar space. Moreover, the cloud was also moving toward the back, instead of going round of the Milky Way. A number of previously conducted studies and research theoretically have predicted that Milky Way hosts more than 100 million to one billion black holes. However, up to date, only 60 or so have been recognized in the course of exploration missions.
However, by using this newly discovered method, scientists will soon be able to detect the lurking Black holes in Milky Ways. As said by one of the lead researchers, Tomoharu Oka, Professor at Keio University in Japan, “In the course of studying molecular cloud, we have detected a new manner which will help us in discovering the stray black holes, hiding in the Milky Way.”