A Rare Kind of Black Hole May Be Wandering Around Our Milky Way

An artist’s depiction of a black hole. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Scientists think that they’ve spotted a rare, Jupiter-size black hole casually strolling through the Milky Way galaxy.

By Meghan Bartels | SPACE.com

Of course, scientists can’t see any black holes directly — but new research tracking a celestial cloud structure saw strange behavior that may have been caused by just such an invisible object. That data came courtesy of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a set of 66 telescopes scattered across the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

„When I checked the ALMA data for the first time, I was really excited because the observed gas showed obvious orbital motions, which strongly suggest an invisible massive object lurking,“ lead author Shunya Takekawa, a physicist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, told New Scientist.

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