A star, in a period of thousand years, comes too close to the black hole which is present at the centre of the Milky Way, which gets ripped apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping outward by the powerful gravity of the black hole. Do you think it is the end of the story?No!
No! In a recent study, scientists showed that the long streamer of gas whipping outward collects itself into a whopping object of size equal to a planet, but those objects then are flung throughout the galaxy in a game of cosmic “spitball.”
The findings were presented on Wednesday by Eden Girma, the lead author and an undergraduate student at Harvard University and a member of the Banneker/Aztlan Institute. On Friday she has also attended a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
Explaining the research, Grima said, “A single shredded star can form hundreds of these planet-mass objects. We wondered: Where do they end up? How close do they come to us? We developed a computer code to answer those questions.”
The author’s calculations and research indicate that the nearest of these planet-sized objects might be within a few hundred light-years of Earth. She also concluded that their weight might be somewhere between several Jupiters and Neptune. It is also said that the objects might be glowing from the heat formation but they aren’t bright enough to get detected as previous findings were unable to spot them.