According to the scientists, this is the first time that there is evidence of a black hole devouring a neutron star.
The Australian National University (ANU) participated in this research and explained the cataclysmic event that was detected on Aug. 14, 2019. It was recorded by gravitational-wave discovery machines in Italy and the U.S. Ripples in time and space were detected by the machine from an event which happened at a distance of about 8,550 million trillion kilometers from our planet, Earth.
They further explain the nature of neutron stars and black holes and said that they are super-dense remains of dead stars. They also mentioned that scientists are still analyzing the data that will help them figure out the size of the two subjects.
Professor Susan Scott, the leader of the General Relativity Theory and Data Analysis Group at ANU, says that over 900 million years ago, the black hole engulfed a very dense star, a neutron star. It probably snuffed out the star instantly.
Scientists are still figuring out whether their findings were correct as there is a strong likelihood of all of that happening. There has never been a neutron star detected that was larger than 2.5 times the mass of the Sun or a black hole that was smaller than five solar masses.
Susan Scott also said that there is a possibility that the object that was swallowed was just a very light black hole.
The event was detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that is operated by MIT and Caltech, and its Virgo sister facility located at European Gravitational Observatory.
In a different study, a black hole was spotted 55 million light-years away in the galaxy Messier 87 (M87).