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Milky Way's heaviest known black hole discovered by astronomers

An international space research team has discovered the black hole while analyzing the most recent data captured by the European Space Agency's Gaia space telescope, as stated by Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2024 12:57 IST
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Astronomers have reportedly found BH3, which is by far said to be the heaviest known stellar black hole in the Milky Way galaxy. It is further said to be 33 times the mass of the Sun.

It was an international research team who found the black hole when looking into the latest data group recorded in the European Space Agency's Gaia space telescope, Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The black hole is located 1,500 light years away from Earth, said TAU, whose researchers participated in the study of the newly discovered binary system, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

In binary systems, a visible star can be found orbiting a massive but unseen companion, indicating the latter is a black hole.

Binaries have revealed around 50 suspected or confirmed stellar-mass black holes in the Milky Way. Still, scientists think there may be as many as 100 million in our galaxy alone, according to NASA.

Stellar-mass black holes are formed when a star runs out of its nuclear combustion fuel and collapses.

The BH3 was detailed in the open-access journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' for further study.

Recently, after waiting for a long wait, the US aerospace company Boeing’s Starliner announced the launch of the first crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission has been scheduled for May 6, 2024.  and the news was confirmed by the company officials and NASA.

On Tuesday, the first Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission, Boeing, transported the Starliner spacecraft to the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41- attached to ULA Launch's Atlas V rocket.

Also, there was a news surfaced which stated that space debris from the aircraft ruptured the roof of a house in Naples, Florida (in March). As per the reports, a cylindrical object crashed through the roof of the house- leaving behind the residents startled but no one got hurt at that moment. 

Inputs from IANS

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