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There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Disclaimer: Black hole not visible, southern hemisphere required.

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Astronomers have stumbled across the nearest black hole to us yet. The void lies at the heart of a stellar system just 1,000 light years away, and indications to its location are visible to the naked eye.

The black hole obviously isn't visible to the naked eye, only the stars are, but if you want to look anyway it's located in the Telescopium constellation in the southern hemisphere. It'll be best viewed during a clear night, and two fuzzy bright pinpricks should be discernible without binoculars or a telescope.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/05/06/nearest_black_hole_earth/

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It's a bright sunny day her .
(An bit too warm for my preferences but...)
And I can see a star that's in orbit around a black hole.

 

Next time I cross the equator I will try to remember to keep a look out.

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That's some rubbernecking for me to do. :(

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Looks like another interesting Object the Southern Hemisphere,   Being that close could make for some interesting citizen science to help collect more data on this.

Edited by paulsutton

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