ESOcast 220 Light: Closest Black Hole to Earth Found

A team of astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other institutes has discovered a black hole lying just 1000 light-years from Earth. The black hole is closer to our Solar System than any other found to date and forms part of a triple system that can be seen with the naked eye.

The team found evidence for the invisible object by tracking its two companion stars using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.



Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Caitlyn Buongiorno, Stephanie Rowlands and Bárbara Ferreira.
Music: John Stanford – Far Centaurus (
Footage and photos: ESO, L. Calçada, P. Horálek , M. Zamani, Space Engine ( and Alexandre Santerne.
Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova.

Om videoen

Udgivelsesdato:6. maj 2020 14:00
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso2007
Spilletid:01 m 22 s
Frame rate:25 fps

Om objektet

Navn:HR 6819
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Quasars and Black Holes

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