Astronomers have discovered that the black holes at the center of some galaxies are strangely aligned with other black holes across billions of light years in distance. The remarkable discovery implies the makings of an interstellar cosmic web.
If true, the revelation could reveal many secrets of the universe.
Scientists think the new discovery could provide answers about how cosmic rays are produced, and solve a key mystery about how the universe operates. The answers came from fresh data gathered at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile by a team of scientists from the University of Liege, Belgium, showing the unusual alignment between the enormous interstellar objects called “quasars” – also known as a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center.
“The first odd thing we noticed was that some of the quasars’ rotation axes were aligned with each other — despite the fact that these quasars are separated by billions of light-years,”said Damien Hutsemékers.