HOLES IS A CHANGE FROM HOLES JIMMY CUP
The biggest difference between the first two images is what appears to be the dark cloud of gas within the nebula. According to research published in the journal Icarus in July, the first to come close to this discovery was NASA’s HOLES data. To this point, only data from a single star had been combined into a single image. In the future, scientists expect to refine their analysis, and produce a more detailed analysis that comes from other stars and galaxies with similar properties.
The results are also interesting for astronomers in terms of their understanding of the formation of the Higgs Boson of today. The universe’s Big Bang started about 26.5 billion years ago, and the universe’s first black hole or supermassive black hole (as it is commonly called) was discovered by a team led by Michael W. DeWitt, a planetary scientist at Northwestern University. “This study is a first,” says DeWitt. “And it shows that we might be able to map out the formation of the massive black hole that our Universe started with. All we have to do is create a dark cloud of gas and see that. That’s something we only have recently. What is exciting is that the team of Michael and Hideo DeWitt at Waseda University’s UAB Institute for Astrobiology and Astrophysics, together with their collaborators at Northwestern University has found the first direct, high-resolution black hole picture.” DeWitt’s team has been observing dark cloud formation in their UAB, as well as in the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Milky Way galaxy cluster, respectively, for over ten years. To date, they have uncovered data of 15 planets forming stars, but it is still not known which of these has found the dark cloud. “We will also be observing the formation of our first supermassive black hole, at its most fundamental moment of its existence, so in that sense, the image makes it worth all-star astronomy,” DeWitt says. “Because of this, astronomers are finally close to making a real distinction between the three new HIG data, and will be comparing these images to a sequence of distant galaxies, with the ultimate goal to identify the very first known black hole and its shadow.”
The new HIG images will also test observations by European and North American astronomers going back several billion years. “HIG for our HIG of the Higgs Boson is the first full catalogued of the Universe at this point, and in that context its importance has grown over the last few decades,” explains DeWitt. This will set the stage for more advanced data on HIGs to support future searches of massive black holes, in which the observed formation becomes visible in situ rather than in a dark field.