Black holes are often associated with endless destruction as the hungering objects seem willing to consume anything which manages to get close enough to them. Some researchers wondered about the environmental conditions found around supermassive black holes, and a remarkable discovery was made in 2019.
A team of researchers concluded that each supermassive black hole features what has been deemed to be a safe area were hundreds or thousands of planets could orbit freely. These type of planets is known in scientific terms as blanets or black hole planets.
An interesting origin
The same team has elaborated on a new paper which offers more information about the dust agglomeration and physical conditions, which facilitated the formation of blanets. It is inferred that blanets can form in the close proximity of low-luminosity galactic nuclei while they are active.
Previous research has shown that stars can be captured and forced to follow an orbit around a supermassive black hole, with a prime example being Saggitarius A*, the supermassive black hole that resides in the center in the center of the Milky Way and is surrounded by a large number of stars that dance around it.
While some hypotheses argued that exploited could could orbit the capture stars or might be captured by the supermassive black hole, the new study introduces a new class of exoplanets that form around active supermassive black holes that are found in the center of galaxies.
A supermassive black hole is surrounded by an accretion disk that contains an impressive amount of cosmic dust and gas, with some of it being fed to the black hole. Some of the material could agglomerate to form protoplanets and actual planets if the phenomenon takes place at a safe distance from the black hole.
Blanets offer a new and exciting reason to explore what can be found near supermassive black holes, and the new paper will be published soon in a scientific journal.