Everyone knows there is a supermassive black hole hiding at the center of our galaxy. However, few actually know what it does. Researchers have decided to study its influence on the neighboring objects and discovered something really interesting. They assumed the black hole is creating some strange dust formations that behave like stars. All these findings were discussed at this year’s conference of the American Astronomical Society.
There are strange dust formations at the center of the Milky Way
Researchers knew of the existence of some mysterious cosmic bodies in the galaxy. These bodies, called G-objects, sport some strange properties given their unknown origin. They aren’t made exclusively of gas, so they aren’t regular stars. However, their behavior is quite similar to that of a star. Therefore, researchers assumed the objects must be some sort of dust formations with a bit of gas around them.
Researchers discovered the first G-objects in 2004 and 2012 and classified them as dust formations judging from their appearance. They emanated an intense red light which must have come from an overcoat of dust. However, the formations could get close to the center of the black hole without being destroyed, so there couldn’t be only dust in there. This way, researchers assumed they must contain some gas as well.
What are these G-objects after all?
The location of the dust formations also tells a lot about how they came into being. Researchers thought the center of a black hole influences everything around. Therefore, stars situated around it become more likely to collide, and the G-objects might be the object of these collisions.
The strange dust formations remain a mystery, but researchers might easily start finding out more about them. They think G-objects might actually be more common. Their idea is that these collisions form young stars, but the process left them enveloped in dust. Gradually, they lose the dust layer on top and the gas core appears.
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