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How small can a black hole be? For several decades, astronomers have worked to answer this question by tallying the black holes in our corner of the universe.

They’ve found plenty of big and medium-size ones over the years—including a supermassive monster at the heart of our galaxy. But until recently, they’ve seen no signs of small ones, and that’s presented a long-standing mystery in astrophysics.

Now, astronomers have discovered a black hole with just three times the mass of the sun, making it one of the smallest found to date—and it happens to be the closest known black hole, at just 1,500 light-years from Earth.      

The discovery “implies that there are many more [small black holes] that we might find if we increased the volume of space that we searched,” says Tharindu Jayasinghe, an astronomer at Ohio State University and lead author of a new paper detailing the discovery in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The finding “should create a push to find these systems.”

Jayasinghe and his colleagues have dubbed the object the “unicorn,” in part because it is unique, and in part because it was found in the constellation Monoceros, named by ancient astronomers after the Greek word for unicorn. By studying this unicorn and other objects like it, researchers hope to get a clearer picture of what happens to stars in the final moments of their lives and why some of them collapse to become black holes while others leave behind dense stellar husks called neutron stars.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/newfound-black-hole-may-be-the-closest-to-earth

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Bonkers
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suck us in, black hole, suck us in.  End this mess now and forevermore!!  :cryga:

Please black hole, suck us in and destroy us.  :cryga:

We deserve it!!  :cryga:

:cryga::cryga::cryga:

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Stupid Oreo

black holes are the most gayest astronomical things, no explanation needed

how do you piss lady gaga off? poke her face
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Justin Drew Bieber

Too close for comfort :nails:

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FFXIV WhiteMage
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6 minutes ago, Bonkers said:

suck 

 

I'm not a black hole but I can if you like :hor:

 

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JK, please don;t report

 

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Chromatislaps

Again, these astronomers are shoving their telescopes into my private parts.... can they not? :neyde:

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boyerased
2 minutes ago, Stupid Oreo said:

black holes are the most gayest astronomical things, no explanation needed

more than uranus? :huntyga:

FUNK ME DOWNTOWN.
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Stupid Oreo
1 minute ago, boyerased said:

more than uranus? :huntyga:

uranus can’t suck things :gum:

how do you piss lady gaga off? poke her face
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Chromatislaps
4 minutes ago, milam said:

is it a member of GGD?

well... :neyde: I am here aren't I? :lolly:

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iAstroLeo
8 minutes ago, Stupid Oreo said:

black holes are the most gayest astronomical things, no explanation needed

This is discriminating to whoever bleaches their **** :gaycat:

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Killa
11 minutes ago, iAstroLeo said:

This is discriminating to whoever bleaches their **** :gaycat:

you won the internet, i just might frame this page

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imnotyourbabe10

I’m ready! This lifelong existential dread is pretty unbearable. 

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Monsieur D

Rocket number nine take off to the black hole, to the black hole :bye:

 

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GagasEarCondom
34 minutes ago, Stupid Oreo said:

uranus can’t suck things :gum:

Thats what you think :lolga:

Jk pls don't report me 

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