If you’ve ever looked up at the night sky, you’ve probably seen a dim spot in the middle of the Milky Way. It’s not a star but rather a dark region that emits no light and is too small for astronomers to see with their naked eyes. It’s called a black hole, and it is one of the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe.
What Is A Blackhole?
A black hole is a region of space in which the pull of gravity is so strong that no matter or light can escape. Our sun is a star-like all others, but more massive than most. When it runs out of fuel, it will become a black hole—and it will swallow everything around it. All life will eventually go into the black hole, but it could take millions of years for it to happen.
Black holes—and their mysterious contents—are so much a part of the pop culture zeitgeist that most people know of them without realizing the truth: that they are not some far-off and impossible phenomena, but rather something that could be found in the next street. That is exactly what a group of astronomers has discovered, as they have spotted a black hole so close to Earth that it could be seen with the naked eye.
There’s One Near Earth
The black hole is the farthest anything can get from our own Solar System. And when it comes to the black hole, we’ve come a long way since the early days when people thought it was the “space monster” that was eating planets. Black holes weren’t discovered until the 1970s, and even then, they were described as being “dark, invisible, and quite dangerous.” But now, scientists have discovered a black hole that is so small that it could be a “hot potato” compared to the size of our Solar System. Scientists have located this in a distant galaxy that is only about 1,500 light-years away—it’s the smallest of these known black holes, and it’s also the closest to Earth.
Astronomers have discovered that a black hole is a closest known object to Earth, with a diameter of about 13.8 billion kilometers. This is one of the smallest black holes ever found. The black hole is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, an even more remote galaxy than our own Milky Way. The newly-discovered black hole is about 20 times smaller than the black holes that are the size of our sun. The LMC black hole was discovered using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight telescopes that can spot a black hole from Earth.
Astronomers Are Excited
Astronomers are more excited than ever about a new discovery made using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The team observed an object that is closer than any other to the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Although a black hole is a point of no return, it is also a magnet for astronomers. The closest black hole of the record is less than 20 times the Earth’s diameter away, so it’s not a big deal that we might one day run into one of these. The supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is about 4.3 million times as wide as the Earth, but it’s not even the smallest black hole we’ve found — that title belongs to a sub-stellar mass black hole around 1.1 times as wide, which was discovered in 2016.
What Should We Do?
For years, scientists have been searching for the closest black hole ever found to our own planet, hoping to get an understanding of how these incredible objects can affect our world. The solar system has many objects orbiting around it, including planets, asteroids, comets, and even interstellar dust. These objects can be torn up by the gravity of black holes, which often cause them to collide and produce spectacular light shows like no other. Now, a new discovery suggests that there’s a tiny black hole nearby—the smallest ever spotted.
We all know about black holes and the laws of gravity, but are we sure that they exist? One of the most famous black holes in the universe is located in the center of our galaxy and may very well be the closest one to Earth, but even that is a matter of debate. The issue is that scientists know that a black hole is formed when a massive star dies and collapses into itself, but figuring out that which star this is and whether it’s within the Milky Way is pretty difficult.