Closest black hole to Earth discovered. The black hole, named Gaia BH1, is located 1560 light-years from Earth. This black hole exists by partnering with a star. The distance between this star and the black hole is similar to the distance between Earth and the Sun. Scientists also found that this star has 10 times the mass of the Sun.
This black hole is located in the galaxy called Ophiuchus. After this, the closest black hole to Earth is located 3000 light-years away in the galaxy called Monecross. Black holes typically engulf nearby objects, including stars. But the absence of such a pattern in this black hole has surprised the researchers. It does not harm itself or its companion star in any way.
Black holes are so dense that even light cannot escape, according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This is why black holes are considered one of the most mysterious things in the universe.
The black hole now discovered is of the normal type. But supermassive black holes are found at the center of many galaxies. How these are formed is still an elusive question. It is generally believed that smaller black holes may have merged to become supermassive black holes. They emit a lot of X-rays.