Scientists may have found the smallest black hole ever detected thanks to a new technique of combining multiple datasets, according to a study published on Thursday in Science.
The black hole is around 3.3 times as massive as the Sun, scientists believe, and is in a binary system called J05215658 that is located about 10,000 light years away in the outer edge of the Milky Way’s disk. Though more research is required to confirm its small mass, it’s possible that this object is part of a mysterious class of small black holes that have previously escaped detection. This is mainly because nobody has figured out how to look for them.
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