And they're on wildly different orbits from G1 and G2 (pictured above); all together, the G objects have orbital periods that range from 170 years to 1,600 years. They were dubbed G1 and G2.
After studying the objects' shapes, orbits and interactions with Sagittarius A*, the astronomers believe each G object could be a pair of binary stars, meaning they revolve around each other. "This is evidence for a stellar object inside G2", Ciurlo said, theorizing that the object could in fact be a binary star merger, with one huge star hidden behind a veil of unusually thick gas and dust.
Unusual objects that look like gas and behave like stars have been spotted near our galaxy's enormous black hole, astronomers have said.
"It went from being a pretty innocuous object when it was far from the black hole to one that was really stretched out and distorted at its closest approach and lost its outer shell, and now it's getting more compact again". "It hosts the closest supermassive black hole to us and so it provides a unique chance to look at the environment of a supermassive black hole".
The space bodies look compact most of the time but are stretched out when their orbits bring them closest to the black hole.
The research suggests that binary stars and their subsequent mergers are more common across the Milky Way than experts had previously thought.
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The merging of two stars takes more than a million years to complete. Astronomers predicted G2 became as soon as a gasoline cloud and so it would provide the big dusky gap a snack - because it approached it would be ripped apart and gasoline would fall into the dusky gap.
Researchers think all six objects were binary star system that merged under the gravitational influence of the supermassive black hole. "It's possible that numerous stars we've been watching and not understanding may be the end product of mergers that are calm now", said Ghez.
"Black holes may be driving binary stars to merge".
The objects are helping to explain how galaxies and black holes all over the universe evolve. "In practice, we believe they hide a star inside, surrounded by dust and gas", Dr. Anna Ciurlo, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher and lead author, tells MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).
They act as intense sources of gravity which hoover up dust and gas around them. "The center of the galaxy is where extreme astrophysics occurs - the X-sports of astrophysics".
In total, researchers found six of these objects at the center of our galaxy.
CNET also reveals that back in 2014, astronomers who were observing the G2 saw that it was moving towards Sgr A* - the monster black whole from our Milky Way.
It says the research will help shine a light on what is happening in the majority of galaxies in our universe - though Earth is quite a distance from the action, "in the suburbs compared to the centre of the galaxy", Ghez said. "The center of our galaxy has a density of stars 1 billion times higher than our part of the galaxy". Most of the time, these twin stars, locked in a mutual orbit, hang out just doing their buddy star thing. "The gravitational pull is so much stronger and the magnetic fields are more extreme", Dr. Ciurlo adds.