Black hole on its way

The binary star system GRS 1915+105 is 14 times more dense than the Sun and is situated at a distance of 40 million light years from Earth. A light year is the distance a body travels at the speed of light during one year, namely 9.4607 x 10 billion billion kilometres, or 94,607,000,000,000 kilometres. In other words, ninety-four trillion, six hundred and seven billion kilometres, or more simply, a long way.

Scientists from the European Space Observatory, stationed in the Chilean highlands, discovered that the star system feeds itself be absorbing material from other planets and suns in a constant stream of space matter which disappears into the black hole. The report was made by Thursday’s edition of the magazine, Nature.

This binary star system is one of the many micro-quasars in our galaxy, the Via Lactea or Milky Way. These are miniature versions of the quasars (quasi-stars, or nearly stars) which have been observed in the centre of large, far-off galaxies.

Micro-quasars and quasars are extremely dense masses, which emit so much energy that other matter in the neighbouring area is sucked in. It is not known exactly what happens when matter and anti-matter meet but if planets and suns are physically dislocated by the mechanism, it is certain that the effects of the Earth coming into contact with a Black Hole would be catastrophic.