The closest to Earth Huge couple of black holes never observed – about 89 million light-years away – they discovered astronomers. The two items also have the shortest distance between them (1,600 light-years) than any other pair of large black holes in the past. Eventually, at some point in the future, the two black holes are expected to merge into a giant black hole.
The researchers, led by Karina Vogel of the University of Strasbourg, made the discovery with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and proceeded to publish it in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. According to the APE-MPE, the largest black hole, located to the right of the center of the galaxy NGC 7727 in Aquarius constellation, has a mass of approx 154 million times larger than our Sun., while the smallest, in the same galaxy, has 6.3 million solar masses.
The search for large black holes and their pairs is expected to be a major step forward when the ESO Ultra-Large Telescope (ELT) under construction in the Atacama Desert, Chile, becomes operational later this decade.
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