A record-breaking black hole in the Milky Way.  Accidental discovery

  • Polish astronomers from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw participated in the research
  • Gaia BH3W is the third such object (dormant black hole) discovered, and it is the object that broke the record in the entire galaxy.
  • Interestingly, this discovery was accidental and was made while validating data for the catalog of the next Gaia mission
  • The previous record holder for the largest mass in the Milky Way was the black hole in the X-ray binary system Cygnus X-1, which has a mass of about 20 times that of the Sun.
  • The typical mass of stellar black holes in our galaxy is about 10 solar masses
  • Astronomers now face a difficult task: trying to explain the origins of large black holes like Gaia BH3

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