NASA data may have uncovered galaxy's youngest black hole
What the scientists believe they observed was the infant phases of a black hole, or the youngest black hole ever recorded in the Milky Way galaxy.
Caught on film by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the "remnant," or W49B, is seen as a vibrant swirl of blues, greens, yellows, and pinks. As seen from Earth, it is about 1,000-years-old and is located roughly 26,000 light years away. A typical black hole, like SS433, is thought to be between 17,000- and 21,000-years-old, as seen from Earth.
"W49B is the first of its kind to be discovered in the galaxy," Laura Lopez, who led a study on the remnant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a statement.
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Astronomers may have found the most recent black hole to form in our galaxy, and they think it could have been born in a rare explosion caused by a dying star. New images from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, a telescope that observes the cosmos from an orbit 139,000 kilometers above the Earth, suggest that the supernova remnant's oddly-shaped...
NASA has stated that it might have found the Galaxy Way's youngest black hole in the remnants of an exploding star. Although it isn't entirely certain this is the case, saying that the evidence is "a bit circumstantial", all signs point to such a reality, giving researchers the opportunity to study the creation of a black hole from a supernova.
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