It is thus recorded, for the first time in human history, what astronomers may have witnessed in a single moment, the transformation of a star into a black hole, all before their eyes, with the clear help of telescopes.
It was more or less in this way that the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA begins the video about the recent explosion of a massive star, but with a “behavior” completely out of the ordinary.
The question is, until now, did astronomers believe that stars had to explode in the form of a supernova before they “detonated” into black holes, but the images recently captured by NASA super-telescopes have just proven that the case May not be quite like that.
Combining the power of the LBT (Large Binocular Telescope) with that of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, the researchers testified that a star located about 22 million light years ago and 25 times as massive as our name N6946-BH1, dispensed with the supernova phase and simply “disappeared” in a large vacuum leaving absolutely nothing behind.
Astronomers call this phenomenon “failed supernovae,” which may help explain why you rarely see supernovae in the larger stars.
The supernova, is an astronomical event that occurs during the final stages of the evolution of some stars, this event is characterized by a very bright explosion. For a short time, an effect similar to the appearance of a new star appears, before disappearing slowly over several weeks or even months.
The scientific community promises to remain attentive to what is happening in space, because, for another unknown reason, the star can still exist and be simply “hidden”.
In any case, the situation will always bring new assumptions, whether or not there is behavior outside the traditionally forecasted black hole formation.