Space telescopes have detected a young black hole formed from a supernova, or an exploding star, 30 years ago, a team of U.S. and European astronomers reported on Monday.
According to online tabloid reports, the explosion of the star in a nearby galaxy was first observed by an amateur stargazer in 1979, but it took decades of observation to confirm it has become a black hole.
Death of a star
The death of the star reportedly took place in the relatively nearby M100 galaxy some 50 million miles from Earth, according to The Associated Press.
UK’s Telegraph is reporting that the supernova, named SN 1979C, looked brighter for a brief time than all the billions of other stars in the same galaxy put together.