“Something Completely Unexpected” –Mysterious Disk Orbiting Supermassive Black Hole

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3147

 

“We saw something completely unexpected” said astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, who found a mysterious thin disk of material furiously whirling around a supermassive black hole at the heart of magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 3147 located some 130 million light-years away from Earth. The conundrum, the researchers say, is that the disk shouldn’t be there, based on current astronomical theories. (more…)