In the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 rests a supermassive black hole. Basically, it’s not a thing for concern because many galaxies conceals supermassive black holes at their heart and astronomers detect them doing really weird stuffs all the time! However, this specific black hole was spotted by a team using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and it shouldn’t been there. At least, as per the present theories about the universe.
The mysterious black hole, which weighs about 250 million times more than the sun, is mentioned in details in astronomy journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in its July 11 publication. Its perplexing astronomers as it is encircled by a thin disk, known as an accretion disk, which contains debris and gas quickly racing around the hole’s edge. This disk shouldn’t be there.
The stars which call NGC 3147 as its home make it difficult to see inside the galaxy but using a special instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope, the researchers were able to obstruct out the starlight and look inside to witness matter moving around the black hole. Spotting the disk allowed astronomers a chance to see two of Einstein’s theories of relativity in action and comprehend the processes occurring close to the black hole’s edge.