Super Black Hole Astounds
By James Donahue
If there is anything
we know for certain about our universe it is this . . . all that we think we know is probably wrong.
As we build larger and
more powerful telescopes, putting them into space so they can gaze farther with no obstructions, we are finding no apparent
end to its vastness. And the surprises are almost unending.
Case in point . . . the
recent discovery of a black hole that is so large, it could engulf 1000 of our own Solar Systems and weigh as much as all
of the stars in the Milky Way. The thing is so massive scientists estimate it contains about 10 billion times the mass of
The existence of such
a super giant seems to destroy all previous theories as to the age and origins of the universe as we thought we knew it.
For example, based upon
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, which is about the only way science can even attempt to explain the existence of something
that is so negative it even absorbs light, this hole would have to be nearly as old as the universe. They say it had to form
only a billion years after the Big Bang that started everything in the first place.
And that is assuming
there was a Big Bang, and that the universe created itself some 14 billion years ago.
Black holes are, in themselves,
an enigma. They are seen only as a black mass of nothingness filling large amounts of space. Their existence can be proven
only by the actions of nearby stars affected by the gravitational pull produced by the mass produced by this collection of
A simplified layman’s
description of a black hole is a region of space that contains mass that is so concentrated that nothing, not even light,
can escape its gravitational pull. They are believed to be produced by burned out stars, or suns, that collapse in on themselves.
The theory is that black
holes begin as relatively small things that grow by pulling passing planets, stars and even solar systems into themselves.
Once caught in that deadly gravitational pull, nothing escapes. Thus it is theoretically possible for black holes to get very
But to grow to the size
of the hold just found by astronomers would mean this one is so ancient, the star that started it had to have burned itself
into a negative state almost from the day it was created.
Either that, or the whole
Big Bang theory is wrong, the universe is much older than scientists first thought, or black holes are not what astronomers
think they are.
After all, who can really
explain something that cannot be seen, photographed, or visited by a space probe without becoming part of the blackness itself?
All we can say is that
black holes seem to exist in space, they have a tendency to eat up everything around them, and they seem to be a negative
side of everything we think we know about our universe.
So who really knows what
exists within those things. For us, if we could live long enough to reach one of them in a ship, it would most surely mean
But maybe not.