Ancient black hole speeds through Sun's galactic neighborhood, devouring companion star

Data from the Digitized Sky Survey has played an important supporting role in the discovery of an ancient black hole speeding through the Sun's galactic neighborhood, devouring a small companion star as the pair travels in an eccentric orbit looping to the outer reaches of our Milky Way galaxy. This artist's impression illustrates the dramatic journey.


A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:12 September 2001, 20:00
Size:800 x 650 px

About the Object

Name:XTE J1118+480
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Milky Way : Star : Type : Exotic : X-Ray Binary
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Distance:5500 light years
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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