Supermassive Black Holes: Ring of Gas found rotating Supermassive Black Hole

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 February 2018


Astrophysics News
Supermassive Black Holes

Ring of Gas around the Black Hole

Rotating dusty gaseous donut around an active supermassive black hole,
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, February 13, 2018.

"The central region of M77 is an “active galactic nucleus,” or AGN, which means that matter is vigorously falling toward the central supermassive black hole and emitting intense light."

"The team imaged the area around the supermassive black hole in M77 and resolved a compact gaseous structure with a radius of 20 light-years."

Now things get really interesting...

"The torus seems to have an asymmetry and the rotation is not just following the gravity of the black hole but also contains highly random motion. These facts could indicate the AGN had a violent history, possibly including a merger with a small galaxy."

Let's think about that for a moment, that phrase, "...possibly including a merger with a small galaxy." Hummm...

"A dwarf galaxy is a small galaxy composed of about 100 million up to several billion stars." Wiki.

Imagine, if you will, you are an alien on a small galaxy. Your galaxy is moving closer and closer to the center of M77, being gradually sucked into the supermassive Black Hole at its heart. As an active massive black hole, the "show" observed by the inhabitants of the small galaxy on the way in must have been amazing. Until they got hijacked by, and sucked into the torus on their way into the black hole.

I figure everything must have gone slow for millions of years as the small galaxy approached, until the black hole's gravity began shredding it. I wonder what it would be like to watch the final stages of your intact galaxy as it was being torn apart as the gravity of the black hole it's being sucked into starts to pull it apart, let alone getting ground down to dusty instabilities during the process of, "entering," its torus.

I wonder if our galaxy's fate is to end up being the cause of, "asymmetry," or, "highly random motion," in a supermassive black hole's torus? Would you rather plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, or be shredded into the debris fields composing its rings? Would you rather be "instabilities" in the amazing glowing torus ringing a supermassive black hole, or be the first truly "singular" human in history, the first to be sucked into a black hole?

I figure these types of metaphilosophical "questions" are best answered as a product of, and relying upon a kind of, "statistical faith." It has looked to me like every galaxy in the universe is "eating itself," and all matter & energy is fated to fall into a supermassive black hole. Or maybe become part of its torus...
My "statistical faith" takes heart in the statistical "truth" that all outcomes happen, and that we, our experiences and ultimate "resolution" will be properly "distributed" on the curve of reality. That "statistical fate" will determine if we become part of the torus, or the black hole that spawned it. I'm happy with that...

In fewer words, I'd say that the nature of reality ultimately takes care of itself, while our desires either cloud or clarify our view of our particular part of this long trail into the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Or its torus.



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