Last month, NASA’s Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays produced by a rare X-ray Nova. After that researchers said it was an evidence of a black hole’s existence which could be a part of a binary system near the Milky Way’s core. However, researchers at NASA kept focusing on that and now they are quite sure about discovering a new black hole in our galaxy.
The Swift satellite found this possible new black hole after a rare burst of X-rays from a source near the center of the Milky Way. The outburst (known as X-ray nova) appeared suddenly when a massive store of gas all on a sudden had rushed towards a black hole or heavy neutron star, and was swallowed up by its gravitational pull. From the facts, researchers identified it as a possible black hole, but they aren’t sure yet.
Researchers are thinking that the black hole is located about 20,000-30,000 light years away from our solar system, in the inner regions of the galaxy. Scientists have calculated its location close to the constellation Sagittarius and they have named the possible black hole Swift J1745-26 after its coordinates.
For details, head over to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.