Black hole candidate


(NASA) Black hole candidate XTE J1118+480 is known to roam the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy. This exotic system – thought to be a stellar mass black hole consuming matter from a companion star – was discovered in 2001 as a flaring celestial x-ray source. Suggestively termed a microquasar, recent radio and archival optical observations of its motion through the sky have now allowed its orbit to be calculated. Illustrated above, the black hole’s present galactic location is indicated by the purple dot, with the Sun’s position in yellow. (more at link)


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