Gaia BH1 is a recently discovered black hole and researchers believe it is the closest black hole to Earth.
Black holes have always baffled humans. They are the opposite of what we see. Simply put, a black hole is an area of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from it. And yet we only have knowledge on the surface of black holes. And the main reason behind that is that it’s extremely difficult to spot a black hole because you can’t normally see it. As a black hole devours light, it merges into the darkness of space. The only time we can actually see it is when it interacts with the space around it. But this may soon change as a group of researchers have discovered the closest black hole to Earth.
The researchers have a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society magazine, where they talk about their incredible discovery. This space-time singularity has been called Gaia BH1. It is located about 1566 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus. Interestingly, the size of this black hole is ten times the size of the Sun.
Closest black hole to Earth discovered
The most interesting thing about the black hole is that it is not a lonely body. It is part of a system, including the one with another star around which it revolves. “Take the solar system, put a black hole where the sun is, and the sun where the earth is, and you get this system. While there have been many purported detections of these types of systems, almost all of these discoveries have subsequently been disproved. the first unequivocal detection of a Sun-like star in broad orbit around a stellar-mass black hole in our galaxy,” said lead author Kareem El-Badry in a statement. pronunciation.
Black holes normally start out as giant stars (5-10 times larger than the Sun). As the star ages, it continues to fuse heavier elements during its nuclear fusion process, forming an extremely dense core as a result. After iron forms in the core, the star cannot continue the fusion process and collapses inwards. This is when an extremely powerful gravitational force is created that doesn’t even let light through, and a black hole is born.