UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists might have found another black hole lurking in our Milky Way Galaxy.
Using a powerful telescope in Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers found evidence of a black hole 100,000 times more massive than the sun.
If confirmed, it would rank second in size within our galaxy behind the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*.
According to a report published Sept. 4 in the journal Nature, this so-called “intermediate-mass black hole” is hiding within a gas cloud in the heart of the Milky Way, not far from Sagittarius A*.
The cloud was discovered last year by the same group of researchers. They found it was moving very fast with mysterious, changing velocities fueled by something big enough to provide a huge gravitational kick.
Based on their new telescope observations, the team thinks the hidden black hole used to be the nucleus of a dwarf galaxy consumed by the Milky Way.