In June 2022, a team of astronomers detected a bright cosmic flash in the galaxy. It was lighter than 1,000 trillion Suns. Moreover, this light signal was pointed directly at Earth as if it was sent on purpose.
Naturally, a flash of such power drew the attention of scientists around the world. An investigation of the incident began led by the team of astronomers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Over the next few weeks, several major telescopes were involved in searching for the source of the signal.
Data was collected at several wavelengths at once: X-rays, UV, optical and radio bands were checked. This yielded results. MIT astronomers supposed that the signal was sent by a relativistic jet from a black hole. It came with tremendous speed from a supermassive black hole.
The jet is named AT 2022cmc. Its source is 8.5 billion years from Earth. It was only possible to see the signal because the black hole jet was pointed directly at our planet.
The team of astronomers have come up with two hypotheses. "According to the first one, the signal might have come from the absorption of a colossal object by the black hole. On the other hand, the signal might have been emitted by the black hole. In this case, another question arises: why it was pointed directly at Earth," a scientist of the MIT team told reporters.
The study of AT 2022cmc is still underway. The black hole also continues to emit enormous amounts of energy.
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