Exceptional Black Hole Discovered in the Milky Way

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Heidelberg researchers played a leading role in evaluating the data from the Gaia space observatory

Position of Gaia BH3
Position of Gaia BH3

A mere 2,000 light years from Earth lies a black hole approximately 33 times the mass of the sun. The object known as Gaia BH3 - the most massive black hole ever discovered in the Milky Way - was detected with the aid of the Gaia space observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA). Researchers from the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University (ZAH) were crucially involved in analysing the data. Until now, black holes of this type were observed only in very distant galaxies. ...

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