black holes, gaia bh1, new discoveries, x-ray binaries

New Method Finds Black Hole Closest to Earth

Using data from ESA’s Gaia astrometry mission, astronomers have identified the closest known black hole, less than 1,600 light-years away from Earth, and determined its mass. The black hole is orbiting a star similar to our Sun, and it was identified by tracking the star that the black hole is orbiting. It is expected to ...

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A blkack hole close to Earth.