NGC 6240 is a maze to astronomers. For a long time, astronomers thought the galaxy is a result of a combination of two constellations, and that combination is explicit in the form of the galaxy. It has a fallow appearance, with two nuclei and extents and loops. NGC 6240 is about 400 million light-years away in the galaxy Ophiuchus. Even though it has got smeared intensely, it’s a very obscure place, and specific details have been obscured. But a new study using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, along with the developed 3D MUSE Spectrograph, has unveiled a unique window into NGC 6240 and disclosed a big surprise. The galaxy is the result of the merging of three galaxies, and as a result, it is home to three supermassive black holes.
The MUSE spectrograph is a visible light spectrograph with both an extensive field of view and superb spatial resolution. It is familiar as a panoramic integral-field spectrograph. It glanced first light in 2014 and is optimized for studying an expansive variety of objects, along with supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies. Astronomers applied the power of MUSE to look into NGC 6240 with more exactitude than ever before, disclosing the three supermassive black holes. New observation display that NGC 6240 is home to these three supermassive black holes. The northern black hole was formerly known, and it’s an active hole. The southern hole includes two holes; S1 and S2.
An international team of scientists evolved this new research, led by scientists from Potsdam and Gottingen. The study was published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. Professor Wolfram Kollatschny from the University of Gottingen and the lead author of the research has said that through the observation with the high spatial resolution, they were able to show that the interacting galaxy system NGC 6240 hosts three supermassive black holes in the center. If the three galaxies can unite together, as NGC 6240 has, then that goes a long way towards expounding the presence of enormous galaxies.