Astrophysicists have discovered the most powerfulwinds ever in the known universe. These winds seem to originate from a supermassive black hole. According to astronomers these winds are so powerful that they are killing galaxies. They’re estimated to be blowing at 125 million mph. This speed is equivalent to a category 77 hurricane in strength. It’s nearly 20% the speed of light. A group of astronomers, led by Jesse Rogerson from York University in Canada, discovered this supermassive black hole blowing winds at highest speed ever recorded.
This supermassive black hole is located in a galaxy so far away that its light took 11 billion years to reach to us. This wind is produced by swirling disk around the black holes which increases with time as the black hole feed on stars. This disk burns hotter than sun. These black holes give off such strong streams of photons as an outcome of all the matter they swallow, we can detect the light they emit from across the Universe.
To identify this particular wind, the astronomers analyzed data on quasar discharges composed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. They pointed their hunt for crazy space winds down to 300 potential candidates, and then moved down again to the top 100, and studied these further using the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and Chile. Ultimately they pointed this particular supermassive black hole discharging the most powerful winds ever recorded.
So, why is it significant to know about space winds that are moving at almost-incomprehensible speeds? These winds are vital to the development of a galaxy, and the way they act can tell us a lot about what material ends up in a galaxy or solar system and where.
The findings have been issued in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.