Gone But Not Forgotten
- Mar 17, 2002
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Black Hole in the Galaxy
Astronomers have spied a black hole that is speeding through our galaxy dragging and feeding on an old star as it goes.
The observation is reported by scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
Although the black hole is headed roughly in our direction, it is at a "safe" distance, 6,000 to 9,000 light-years away, in the direction of the constellation Scorpius.
The object's velocity has been measured at more than 400,000 kilometres per hour, good evidence say the astronomers that it is the accelerated "debris" of a stellar explosion, or supernova.