Black hole discovered 1,600 light-years from Earth, astronomers find | USA TODAY

The dormant black hole, dubbed Gaia BH1, sits 1,600 light-years away, three times closer than the last black hole to hold the record.
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The dormant black hole, dubbed Gaia BH1, sits 1,600 light-years away – three times closer than the last black hole to hold the record – in the constellation Ophiuchus. The black hole weighs 10 times the mass of our sun.

A paper published last week in the peer-reviewed Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society details the discovery of a “Sun-like star orbiting a dark object.” The team of researchers initially identified the black hole using the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft, according to a news release from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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