The Bizarre Mysteries of Space

New Black Hole Discoveries Continue to Prove We Don’t Know Black Holes That Well

Now that scientists have captured the first image of a black hole, the odd phenomenon seems almost mundane in comparison to how scientists and laypeople alike used to consider them: just another stage of stellar evolution, and what happens to very large stars when they burn out. However, just as scientists have begun thinking that they understand the fundamentals of the phenomenon, they’ve encountered another curve ball: some of the supermassive black holes they’ve discovered are just too big and too young to exist, given our understanding of the age of the universe and how the structures form.

In 2017, scientists discovered one of the biggest, most distant supermassive black holes to exist: the object formed when the universe was only 5% of its current age, something that shouldn’t have been able to happen in the first place. Add to that the sheer mass of the object, and scientists are even more puzzled. There simply isn’t enough time, according to what scientists know about the age of the universe, for an object that large to happen. More recently, Chinese scientists found another monster of a supermassive black hole closer to home: 13,800 lightyears away from Earth, it’s 68 times heavier than our sun, which just shouldn’t be possible. The discoveries just prove that the moment scientists are certain they understand the mechanics of the mysteries of space, something is certain to come along and throw another wrench into the theories.