Quasars & Cosmic Gems
Star Ruby - Credit: treasuremountainmining
A new study finds vast amounts of gemstones and dusts could be created in the outer regions of supermassive blackholes. Rubies and sapphires could be produced in chaotic environments around some supermassive black holes known as quasars, just like an enormous jewel factories in the sky.
The breakdown of these materials into simpler components may account for much of the space dust in the universe. Dust that is recycled to make stars, planets, and life.
Traces of these minerals, as well as sand and marble, were recently found by scientists analyzing light from the region around a nearby supermassive black hole using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The black hole was embedded in a quasar, a highly active and incredibly bright galaxy under construction.
"We were surprised to find what appears to be freshly made dust entrained in the winds that blow away from supermassive black holes," said study team member Ciska Markwick-Kemper of the University of Manchester in the U.K.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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