Rare Black Hole Discovered in Neighboring Galaxy
Amsterdam: Scientists have discovered a never-before-discovered dormant black hole. Dormant black holes are black holes that do not emit massive amounts of X-rays.
According to researchers, unexpected data suggests that our Milky Way Galaxy’s neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, harbors a stellar mass black hole. The star that gave rise to the black hole ended without a powerful explosion.
Black holes have been discovered before, but according to researchers, this black hole is a separate black hole of its kind.
“This is the first time our team has sat together to confirm the discovery of a black hole, rather than reject it,” said Tomer Scheiner from the University of Amsterdam, who is also an author of the study.
Researchers described the search for this black hole as extremely difficult. Astronomers believe that dormant black holes are relatively common in the universe, but we know very little about them and confirmed examples are rare.
The reason for the difficulty in marking them is that, being dormant, they are not in much contact with their surroundings.