P13 is Gulping Five Quadrillion Tons of Gas per Minute, say Researchers
Scientists in a recent study found that black hole P13, which is located almost 12 million light years from earth, is actually 100 times brighter than the Sun. P13 is located in a galaxy named NGC7793. P13 falls under the class of black holes known as ultraluminous X-ray sources.
The study was conducted by International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, which was a collaborative effort by Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.
Dr. Roberto Soria of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in a statement said that earlier, it was believed that the maximum speed at which the black hole could gulp gasses and hence produce light was completely based upon its size. Therefore, THE researcher team believed that P13 was bigger than the ordinary black holes found in the Milky Way.
However, after carefully observing the black hole, the researchers found that their assumption about the capacity of a black hole to consume the amount of gas, depending on its size, has no restriction.
The researchers noted that the black hole was swallowing gas from the donor star at a rate of 10x larger than what was earlier assumed. But in the further inspection, Soria and his fellow astronomers found that P13 was actually lightweight.
According to the researchers, P13 is almost 15 times the mass of the Sun. Researchers calculated that the black hole is consuming 5 quadrillion (5,000,000,000,000,000) tons of gas per minute.
P13 was discovered almost 30 years ago by NASA’s Einstein X-ray telescope.
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