It seems that we have a new, shy galactic neighbor – a black hole left over from the death of a fleeting your star is just around the corner.
It’s been revealed by Fox News that the European astronomers found the closest black hole to Earth – this is so near that the two stars that were dancing with it can be seen even without a telescope.
A black hole located at 1,000 light-years
This black hole is located at about 1,000 light-years away, and each light year means 5.9 trillion miles – distance is pretty relative in galactic terms, so we cannot really say that this is too close.
But, in the terms of cosmos and galaxy, the black hole is definitely in our neighborhood, according to the study leader.
European Southern Observatory astronomer Thomas Rivinius is the expert who led the study published Wednesday in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
It’s also interesting to note the fact that the previous closest black hole that’s been discovered so far is about three times further – it’s about 3,200 light-years away.
More than that, the discovery of a close black hole which is located in the constellation Telescopium in the Southern Hemisphere is hinting at the fact that there are more such black holes out there.
Astronomers are theorizing that there are somewhere between 100 million to 1 billion of such small but dense objects in the Milky Way.
Washington D.C. would fit into this black hole
Astronomers found this black hole because of the unusual orbit of a star. The new black hole is a part of what used to be a three-star dance in a system that’s called HR6819.
The two remaining super-hot stars are not close enough to be sucked in, according to Fox News, but the inner star’s orbit is warped.
“It will motivate additional searches among bright, relatively nearby stars,” said Ohio State University astronomer Todd Thompson, as cited by the website mentioned above.
More than that, it was also reported that like most of these types of black holes, this one is tiny, and it has about 25 miles in diameter.
“Washington, D.C. would quite easily fit into the black hole, and once it went in it, would never come back,” co-author astronomer Dietrich Baade stated.