Lisa Beightol — Space Stuff—The

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has found evidence of what could be the youngest black hole in our “neighborhood”. The object itself is only about thirty years old and appears to be a remnant of supernova SN 1979C in the galaxy M100, located about 50 million light-years away. According to NASA, data from Chandra, Swift, XMM-Newton and ROSAT have shown that a bright X-ray source in the region has been steady between 1995 and 2007, which suggests that the source is a black hole that is either receiving material from the supernova, or a binary companion. The hypothesis of the formation of SN 1979C is that a star about twenty times the mass of our sun collapsed.
Keep your eyes to the sky and enjoy the view!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *