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NASA scientists discover youngest black hole in Milky way

Youngest black hole
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/L.Lopez et al; Infrared: Palomar; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)

14 February 2013: The scientists from NASA have discovered the youngest black hole in the Milky Way galaxy. The black hole is just 1000 years old and it is located only 26,000 light-years away from Earth.

The black hole is located near the center of a supernova remnant. The supernova, which is termed as W49B by the scientists, is said to have exploded 27,000 years ago. The supernova remnant is not spherical in shape that differentiates it from other average supernova remnants.

Laura Lopez, the member of discovery team, wrote in her blog that the images taken from Chandra data disclose no sign of iron bar in this supernova. She also added that relative amount of silicon and sulfur content in the remnant is much lesser than that present in typical supernova.







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