Astronomers discover the largest known black hole in the Milky Way

Jakarta (MidLand) – Astronomers have discovered that BH3 is the largest stellar-mass black hole known so far in the Milky Way, with 33 times the mass of the sun.

An international research team discovered the black hole while observing the latest set of data recorded by the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope (European Space Agency/ESA), according to a statement from Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv University/TAU) Israel Tuesday (16/4).

On Tuesday, Xinhua cited Jakarta, the black hole is located 1,500 light-years from Earth, according to the TAU, whose researchers participated in the study of the newly discovered binary system. The speed of light is 300,000 km/sec.

In a binary system, a visible star is seen orbiting a massive but invisible companion object, indicating that the object is a black hole.

Binary systems reveal about 50 objects suspected or confirmed to be stellar-mass black holes in the Milky Way, but scientists think there could be as many as 100 million stellar-mass black holes in our galaxy alone, according to NASA.

Stellar-mass black holes form when a star runs out of nuclear fuel and collapses. A detailed explanation of the massive black hole BH3 is available in the open access journal Astronomy & Astrophysics for further study.

Journalist: Xinhua
Publisher: Ade P Marboen
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