November 17, 2010 4:35:59 am
Astronomers have discovered what they say is a newly born black hole lurking in a nearby galaxy some 50 million light years from Earth. The scientists who detected the unique cosmic event believe that the black hole was created just 30 years ago by a supernova,or an exploding star.
The explosion of the star on edge of a galaxy called M100 was first observed by an amateur astronomer in 1979,but it took decades of observation to confirm it had become a black hole. The scientists,who detected the black hole steadily consuming the gassy remnants of the exploded star,hoped that it would provide clues about the formation of the celestial objects,the Daily Mail reported.
Black holes are warped regions in space where it is so dense that nothing not even light escapes. This black hole is about five times more massive than our Sun and the star that exploded to give it birth was maybe 20 times bigger than our Sun. If our interpretation is correct,this is the nearest example where the birth of a black hole has been observed, said Daniel Patnaude from Harvard University who helped lead the study.
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