MIDDLEBURY, Vt., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Scientists believe two supermassive black holes at the center of two galaxies are colliding, and the results could be incredible.
Black holes sometimes pull in gases and accelerate particles to such a speed that a quasar is created. A quasar is a bright mass of light created by the radiation coming from speeding particles. Scientists have recently observed a distance quasar, and believe it's coming from two black holes colliding.
"The end stages of the merger of these supermassive black hole systems are very poorly understood," said the study's first author, Matthew Graham, a senior computational scientist at California Institute of Technology. "The discovery of a system that seems to be at this late stage of its evolution means we now have an observational handle on what is going on."
The scientists believe the collision could cause energy to be released that will have the power of 100 million supernova explosions. Such a powerful release of energy could bend the very fabric of space-time. That being said, estimates for when the full collision will occur between the black holes say it won't happen for at least 1 million years.
The research is published in Nature.