EUROPE - Scientists Find Nearest-Known Black Hole

Arno Froese

If it feels as if gravity has been tugging harder than it usually does the past couple of months, it’d be easy to guess why—what with the global pandemic, a hemorrhaging economy and the strain of staying at least six feet away from just about everyone.

The European Southern Observatory announced that a team of astronomers has discovered the closest-known black hole to Earth, roughly 1,000 light-years away. They found it hiding in a double-star system known as HR 6819, where scientists say the black hole—rendered effectively invisible by gravity so strong that even light cannot escape—revealed itself in the curious orbit of the star nearer the center of the system.

The black hole is not anywhere near close enough for the average observer on Earth to feel its effects, to be absolutely clear. But it is close enough that, during winter in the southern hemisphere, the two stars that are believed to compose its solar system can be seen without a telescope as a single point of light in the constellation Telescopium. 

The new discovery has unseated the black hole found in system A0620–00, which is located more than 3,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros—and which for years was the nearest black hole to Earth that scientists had identified.

Now, that does not mean these two huge—and hugely dense—stellar objects are the only ones to be found in the Milky Way, the galaxy humans call home. In fact, Rivinius described the discovery as merely “the tip of an exciting iceberg.”

“There must be hundreds of millions of black holes out there, but we know about only very few,” he explained. “Knowing what to look for should put us in a better position to find them.”

-www.npr.org, 6 May 2020

Arno's commentary

One discovery is outdated by the next one, and multiple theories abound, many of which contradict each other, even in the scientific field. While we have high regard for true science, we must state here that the findings of these scientists are primarily based on theoretical science.

What do we know about space? Actually, very little; almost nothing when we compare it to the size of the universe. The earth itself is only a tiny, little speck among innumerable stars and planets.

Here we are reminded of the 84 questions God asked Job, including out-of-this-world phenomena: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” (Job 38:31-33).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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