(ORDO NEWS) — At a distance of several thousand light-years from Earth, scientists have discovered an unknown space object, the mass of which is much larger than the mass of the Sun.
Astronomers are confident that it could be a rogue black hole. If this is confirmed, it will be the first such object in the Milky Way. There is also an assumption that this is the heaviest known neutral star.
It is worth paying attention to the fact that for the first time experts recorded a mysterious object back in 2011.
Today, astronomers were able to analyze the images that were obtained using the Hubble Space Telescope.
Now, some scientists believe that a black hole with a mass that is seven times that of the Sun could act as a mysterious wandering object.
There are also those that suggest that in fact the object is lighter and exceeds the mass of the Sun by no more than 2-4 times.
If these calculations are officially confirmed, then in this case the celestial body may turn out to be an incredibly light black hole. It could also be a massive neutron star that astronomers have never seen before.
“The previously discovered space object can be attributed to the category that was called “mass break,” scientists say.
The formation of neutron stars and black holes occurs when very massive stars begin to collapse as a result of their own gravity.
Experts say that almost a billion neutron stars can be found in the Milky Way. There are also about 100 million black holes with stellar masses.
During the study of the object, astronomers found that over the course of several years it changed its location.
Scientists emphasized the fact that if it turns out to be a star, then in the photo taken with the help of a telescope, it should turn out to be incredibly bright.
When the pictures were analyzed, the experts did not establish anything of the kind. In this regard, a hypothesis arose that this is a black hole with a very small mass.
Of course, there is no official confirmation of this version yet, but astronomers believe that they will be able to get an answer to their question very soon.
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