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Earth’s Closest Blackhole

Earth’s Closest Blackhole

This is simulated image of the newfound black hole that may be the closest to Earth, at just 1,500 light-years from Earth. Dubbed the "unicorn," the black hole is just three times the mass of the sun, making it one of the smallest found to date. It was found in the constellation Monoceros, named by ancient astronomers after the Greek word for unicorn. The discovery implies that there are many more [small black holes] that we might find if we increased the volume of space that we searched. By studying this unicorn and other objects like it, researchers hope to get a clearer picture of what happens to stars in the final moments of their lives and why some of them collapse to become black holes.

 

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