The Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope allowed them to collect optical data, while the Spitzer and GALEX space telescopes gathered near-infrared and near-UV data, enabling them to see the motions and colors of the distant stars.
What they found there: a dozen black holes paired up with stars, according to a report in the journal Nature. Searches for a small pulsar have failed, but it could be that the star cooked up super heavy elements that are decaying into ones never found on Earth.
The newly confirmed black holes are about 10 times the mass of our sun, as opposed to the central supermassive black hole, which has the mass of 4 million suns.
But they have monster cousins.
Now scientists have developed a technique to reveal the smoking gun for hidden black holes at the galaxy's centre.
There are good reasons the Milky Way's black holes tend to be in the center of the galaxy, Hailey said. Their calculations show that there must be several hundred more black holes paired with stars in the galactic center, and about 10,000 isolated black holes.
Another theory is that massive stars, born in gas and dust that surrounds a supermassive black hole, implode to form black holes.
Scientists have suggested for decades that lots of stellar black holes are circling in the center of galaxies, including ours.
The problem has been spotting them. A black hole that isn't eating appears as a single dark dot against an equally dark background, and as such, is nearly totally invisible. Scientists were able to pinpoint at least 12 black hole binaries, where a black hole is siphoning material from a companion star. The orbiting pair is called a black hole binary. "The galactic centre is a odd place".
So he and his colleagues decided not to seek these rare X-ray flashes.
The halo of gas and dust around Sgr A is thought to provide the flawless breeding ground for massive stars which collapse into black holes when they die.
An artist's impression of a black hole binary. Gasses from the partner star are pulled into a disk around the black hole.
It's also crowded with other X-ray-emitting objects, such as binary pairs that contain a white dwarf star. "Isolated, unmated black holes are just black - they don't do anything", said Dr Hailey.
"If we could find black holes that are coupled with low mass stars and we know what fraction of black holes will mate with low mass stars, we could scientifically infer the population of isolated black holes out there".
But binary black hole systems are likely only 5 percent of all black holes, so that means there are really thousands of them, Hailey said.
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It'll be very interesting to see what happens next with this research, and what more can be learned both about black holes and about the center of our galaxy, from this exciting study.
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It all depends on when the space station re-enters Earth's atmosphere, and this can not be accurately predicted yet. "But there is a good chance that some parts will survive re-entry and fall towards the earth".
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