Astronomers said on Friday that they had found the closest known black hole. It's 10 times the size of the sun, and it's circling as far away from its own star as the Earth is from ours.

The nearest black hole is about 3000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. The new black hole is not drawing the nearby star to its doom, nor is it consuming everything nearby. The black hole is not active, it is waiting for the currents of space to kill it.

Einstein's theory of general relativity states that not even light can escape a black hole. They can become the most brilliant objects in the universe, as gas, dust and even smaller stars are ripped and heated to incandescence, as they approach the gates of eternal life.

Scientists don't know where the super massive black holes come from. Massive stars that have reached the end of their thermonuclear lives are thought to have created smaller black holes. Black holes are in the sky. They usually make themselves known by the X-rays they spit out when they strip gas from their friends.

There are holes that are not currently coughing fire. An astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has been looking for hidden demons for four years. He was able to find this black hole by looking at the data from the European Space Agency's GAIA satellite.

A star that was almost identical to our sun was detected by Dr. el- Badry and his team. The researchers used the Gemini North telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii to determine the relative mass of the objects involved. The process of analyzing the wobbles of stars to detect the presence of planets is the same as this one.

Their calculations were consistent with a black hole of 10 solar mass being circled by a star like our own. They called it BH1.

If you put a black hole where the sun is and the Earth is, you'll get this system.

He and his co-authors wrote in a paper published on Wednesday that the discovery of a black hole by a factor of three suggests the existence of a large number of black holes in binaries. The new discovery raised questions about how the stars evolved. It is believed that the progenitor of this black hole was a star. A supernova explosion and other processes would have disrupted the smaller star in the system, according to the leading theories. The other star looks normal.

There are many questions about how this system was formed and how many black holes there are.