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The Guardian recently published a report in which they explained that astronomers have discovered a black hole mere inches, and by inches I mean just 1,000 light-years, away from us on Earth. One of the most interesting and intriguing miracles of the universe has been found in a system called HR 6819, in the constellation Telescopium.

An artist’s impression of the orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system, made up of an inner binary with one star (orbit in blue) and a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red), as well as a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue). Photograph: L Calçada/ESO. Image credit: theguardian.com

It’s very important to note that nothing was quite so easy when trying to get the first captured image by NASA of the black hole in 2019, in which you can clearly see the black hole’s silhouette. The newly discovered black hole is 1,000 light-years from us indeed, but distance hasn’t stopped scientists describing exactly what they’ve seen. 

A typical formation of a black hole is caused by a gravitational collapse of a massive star. Due to the lack of stars, which are supposed to feed the black hole, our freshly found massive neighbor is dying of starvation. That’s why this black hole is truly black.

And the quest for attentive readers is to spot this black hole, which you can with the naked eye, but only if you happen to be at the southern tip of South America.

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