Scientists: Newly discovered black hole system close enough to be seen with the naked eye

by Daniel Payne · May 6th, 2020 4:21 pm

A black hole recently discovered by scientists is close enough that its star system can be seen with the naked eye, astronomers said this week.

The massive astronomical object sits about 1,000 light years from our planet, the closest black hole yet discovered by earthbound astronomers. It was detected by astronomers measuring the irregular orbit of the star closest to it.

The system is notable for the black hole being truly invisible, meaning it is not actively destroying any nearby stars. Black holes in the process of ripping apart stars are generally visible due to their consumption, and ejection, of the stars' plasma.


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