Black holes are one of the most persistent mysteries of our universe. Their mystery is only exceeded by their immense power.
In the study of these black holes, one of the biggest mysteries that baffles scientists is the reason behind these black holes getting so big?
A potential answer for this mystery are Black Hole Seeds, which are supposed to be around 100,000 times the mass of the Sun. It is believed that these rare entities are what kickstarted the process for black holes to grow supermassive.
Scientists believe that unlike regular black holes, these supermassive black hole seeds actually grow from the merging of smaller black holes.
This growth is further fueled by pulling in gases from their surroundings, until they get big enough to collapse in on themselves to form an even larger black hole.
An alternate theory is that these supermassive black holes were formed directly from clouds of gas, without the involvement of smaller entities.
To test these hypothesis, researchers have been searching for potential black hole seed candidates through advanced telescopes. Their searches have turned up two separate records of potential black hole seeds.
The researchers have been using computer models to test if these candidates have access to enough juice to skip the slow start of black hole growth.
If the tests prove successful, this would become the first proven theory of black hole growth, thus effectively expanding our understanding of the universe around us.