In a discovery that will give scientists an impressive sight into the formation of a black hole from infancy, astronomers announced on Tuesday that they had found the youngest-ever black hole in the Earth’s cosmic zone.
With the ‘baby black hole’ discovery unfolding a unique opportunity to get an insight into cosmic enigma, scientists are of the opinion that the black hole is supposedly a remnant of the SN 1979C – a supernova in the galaxy M100, nearly 50 million light years from Earth. The SN 1979C was spotted by an amateur skygazer way back in 1979.
According to the researchers, studies have revealed that the supernova itself was a mega-star, being almost 20 times as massive as the Sun. It collapsed in upon itself before creating a black hole – a strong gravitational force that does not allow even light to escape.
Since there is no visual clue to a black hole, the incident was spotted with the help of a steady glow of X-ray radiation detected by US and European orbital observatories during a 12-year-period, from 1995 to 2007.
Noting that the discovery of the black hole was an extraordinary stroke of luck, as it generally takes decades of X-ray observations to make the affirmation, lead researcher Daniel Patnaude, from Massachusetts’ Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said: “If our interpretation is correct, this is the nearest example where the birth of a black hole has been observed.”