NASA has announced that what was once thought to be a distant galaxy is actually a binary star with a hidden black hole.
“This identification suggests there may be a vast number of black holes in our Galaxy that have gone unnoticed until now,” said NASA.
For about two decades, astronomers have known about an object called VLA J2130+12. Most astronomers thought this source of bright radio waves was probably a distant galaxy.
Thanks to recent distance measurements with an international network, VLA J2130+12 has been recorded at a distance of 7,200 light years – within our Milky Way galaxy.
“Usually, we find black holes when they are pulling in lots of material. This one is so quiet that it’s practically a stealth black hole,” said NASA.