Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
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Black hole identified in Milky Way

For the first time ever, the NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Hubble Space Telescope has provided direct evidence for a lone black hole drifting through space by precise mass measurements of the phantom object.

Until now, measurements of black holes have been inferred statistically or through interactions with binary systems or the core of galaxies, reports Indian Express. This meant that large black holes are only found with companion stars, unlike in this case.

This wandering black hole is about 5,000 light years away from Earth, in the Carina-Sagittarius arm of our galaxy. But with its discovery, astronomers estimate that the nearest isolated stellar-mass black hole might be as close as 80 light-years away. To put that into perspective, Proxima Centauri, the closest star to earth, is about 4.2 light-years away.