Astronomers have said that unusual gas-like bodies behaving like stars have been seen near the massive black hole of our galaxy, where four new discoveries have been found orbiting close to the supermassive black hole called the arc A *, located 26,000 light-years from Earth. , And the orbits of these strange orbs can take anywhere from 100 to 1,000 years.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles called the new bodies G3, G4, G5 and G6.
The group explained their belief that these stars were once binary stars, a pair of stars orbiting one another, and later merged as a star due to the gravitational force of the black hole, and the merging process did not complete quickly, it took more than a million years to complete it.
“We are learning how galaxies and black holes develop, and the way binary stars interact with each other and with the black hole is very different from how individual stars interact with other individual stars and with the black hole,” said researcher Andrea Gees within the University of California team.
Its research group identified an unusual object at the center of our galaxy in 2005, which was later called G1, and in 2012, astronomers in Germany discovered a strange creature called G2 in the middle of the Milky Way.
G2 could be two stars that orbited the black hole side by side and merged into an extremely large star, covered with unusually thick gas and dust.
While G1 and G2 have similar orbits, the four new bodies have very different orbits, which range from about 100 to 1,000 years old, and the team is already researching other potential things that might be part of the same family.