Black hole discovery: 'Anomaly' allows astronomers to find millions of hidden black holes

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According to PhD candidate Krzysztof Rybicki, astronomers have so far been able to detect black holes by observing their effect on their surroundings.

He said: “We know them because they interact with their surrounding, whether that is the material that surrounds them, the accretion disk, or a companion from which material is being accreted.”

In other words, astronomers can only observe the light and radiation surrounding a black hole to determine its whereabouts.

Dr Wyrzykowski said: “Our method allows us to see the invisible.”

The astronomer added: “I think we will have our first black holes this year. I am an optimist.”


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