Cosmic ‘tadpole’ points to ultra-rare black hole lurking near center of Milky Way

A huge cloud of misshapen dust that astronomers have dubbed “the Tadpole” could point to the location of an extremely rare type of black hole never before confirmed in our galaxy.

In a study published January 10 in The Astrophysical Journal (opens in new tab)researchers from Japan describe the strange cloud of dust, which looks like a tadpole with a big head and a long tail and lies near the center of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius, about 27,000 light years from Earth.

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