The team led by astrophysicist Kareem El-Badry explained that it is therefore closer to Earth than other black holes identified so far. It is ten times more massive than the sun.
It is unclear to the researchers how the system formed in the Milky Way. It was given the name “Gaia BH1” and is located in the constellation Ophiuchius. The team around El-Badry hopes for further findings at the end of 2025, when new data from the “Gaia” space probe will be published.
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