Black Hole Birth May Have Been Witnessed by Space Telescopes (Video)

By Steve Spaleta | May 25, 2017 03:00pm ET
New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) have revealed what may be a black hole born from a collapsing star 22 light-years from Earth, NASA officials said. The star was 25 times as massive as Earth's sun and should have exploded in a brilliant supernova. But that apparently didn't happen. The star, called N6946-BH1, began brightening in 2009, but appeared to fizzled out by 2015, leaving a black hole behind, NASA officials said in a statement.
This image, taken in 2015 by Hubble Space Telescope, shows the former location of the star N6946-BH1 F, which scientists suspect collapsed into a black hole after failing to explode as a supernova. Credit: NASA, ESA, and C. Kochanek (OSU)
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