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Astronomers Believe that Numerous Black Holes Could Be Hiding in Plain Sight

No other cosmic object has triggered the attention and curiosity of scientists so much as the black hole. There’s no wonder why, though – imagine an invisible structure able to suck in pretty much everything with its infinite gravity, even light itself. The incredible gravity even allows time to stop, which is another mind-boggling feature of these cosmic objects.

You don’t have to be Einstein’s reincarnation to figure out that you shouldn’t plan any trips to a black hole if you care about your life. Luckily enough, all the discovered black holes are safely far away from Earth, but scientists believe that such a hypothesis could slightly be wrong.

Black Hole located about 1,011 light-years away from us

The black hole located in the star system HR 6819 and discovered this year is almost terrifyingly close to us: only 1,011 light-years away. Scientist Thomas Rivinius from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) was also the one leading the study, and he said:

 “If you find one that is very close to you, and you assume you’re not special, then they must be out there everywhere.”

Mr Rivinius also said: “There must be hundreds of millions of black holes out there, but we know about only very few

“Knowing what to look for should put us in a better position to find them.”

Judging by the enormous distances of our galaxy, which measures over 100,000 light-years across, the black hole from HR 6819 is quite close to our planet. This is a huge hint that the Milky Way is loaded with undiscovered black holes.

And it’s not profitable to jump into a black hole with the hope that you’ll be traveling back in time, either. Interstellar may be a great movie, but it’s only sci-fi, and the scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson dismissed the fall into the black hole part.

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