Team of astronomers (Hubble) recently have discovered a concentration of smaller black holes in the cluster NGC 6397. The Small black holes were discovered instead of one massive black hole at the heart of the cluster.

Points To Note

  • The Globular clusters are a dense stellar system that host the closely packed stars.
  • Such systems are typically very old. For instance, cluster NGC 6397 is as old as the universe.
  • The NGC 6397 is located around 7800 light-years away.
  • Thus, it I one of the closest globular clusters to the Planet Earth.
  • This cluster is also known as Core-Collapsed Cluster because of its very dense nucleus.
  • The precise measurement of the stars in the cluster’s core was made with the Hubble Space Telescope.

About NGC 6397

It is also known as Caldwell 86 and it is a globular cluster lying in the constellation Ara. The cluster is located around 7800 light-years from Earth.  It comprises of around 4 lakh stars. The cluster NGC 6397 can be observed with naked eye under the good observing conditions. This cluster is one among the at least 20 globular clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy which has gone through the core collapse. Core collapse means the core has contracted to a dense stellar agglomeration.

About Milky Way

The Milky Way galaxy comprising of our Solar System. It is a hazy band of light that can be seen in the night sky. It is formed from stars and cannot be individually distinguished with the naked eye. Milky Way appears as a band when seen from earth because its disk-shaped structure. The first person to revolve around the band of light was Galileo Galilei. He moved around the individual stars with his telescope in 1610.

Concentration of Small Black Holes