The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) reported that a black hole in the Milky Way is turning so fast that it is changing the face of space.
The black hole in the 4U 1630-47 binary star system was discovered thanks to X-rays emitted by India's AstroSat and Nasas Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
Albert Einstein in his famous Theory of Relativity theorized that nothing could move faster than the speed of light – 670 million miles per hour (299,792,458 meters per second).
However, the black hole originally observed in 2016 is approaching this universal limit as it forms a spiral at 90 percent of that speed.
The fast movement of the black hole causes gas, dust, and other heavenly debris to be sucked in by the entity more quickly than usual.
However, this also meant that more materials were ejected in the form of X-rays, which makes observation easier.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Sudip Bhattacharyya of TIFR and senior investigator of Astrosat's Soft X-Ray Telescope (SXT) said of the results that will be published in the Astrophysical Journal next month: are two characteristics that characterize them.
"The mass is easier to measure, because gravity gives it a big impact when the black hole is created."
It has been found that only four black holes turn at such an extreme pace.
The first was discovered in 2008 with the Chandra X-ray Observatory of NASA.
Lead author Rodrigo Nemmen said at the time, "We believe that these black holes in the monster are turning close to the boundary set by Einstein's Theory of Relativity, meaning that they can drag material at near-light speed.
"The conditions around a stationary black hole are extreme, but it would be even worse for a fast-spinning hole."
Co-investigator Richard Bower of Durham University added: "An extremely fast spin could be very common for big black holes.
"This could help us explain the source of these incredible jets spanning vast distances in space."