Scientists find the closest black hole to Earth yet

Scientists find the closest black hole to Earth yet

Ten times larger than the Sun, this black hole is about 1600 light-years away.

Astronomers have discovered a new black hole described as the closest to Earth, “just” 1600 light years from the blue planet, can we read in a study submitted to Royal Astronomical Society reported by the Associated Press.

Research points to a black hole ten times more massive than the Sun. It could be spotted by observing the movement of its “companion star”, this one orbiting around the black hole at about the same distance as the Earth from the Sun.

Gaia BH1

The black hole was initially identified using the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, Kareem El-Badry of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics told The Associated Press. Kareem El-Badry and his team have also confirmed their discovery with the Geminy observatory based in Hawaii.

Researchers don’t know at this stage how the binary star system – made up of the black hole and its “companion star” – formed in the Milky Way. Baptized Gaia BH1, it is located in the constellation of Ophiuchus also called the Serpentarius.

Hugues Garnier BFMTV journalist