List of nearest black holes

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This list contains black holes relatively near the Solar System (within our Milky Way galaxy). To make it easier to compare distances, our nearest star aside from the Sun—Proxima Centauri—is about 4.24 light years away and our Milky Way galaxy is approximately 100000 light years in diameter.

Most black holes are thought to be solitary and not in a binary (or more) system. However, it is nearly impossible to detect such a black hole aside from measuring its gravitational distortions on the light from visually nearby objects. Black holes in binary systems, despite constituting a minority of all black holes, are much easier to detect.[citation needed] As of October 20, 2020, it is now questioned whether the first item in the below list (HR 6819) is actually a black hole. Two published papers and one pre-print paper argue that HR 6819 is not in fact a trinary system, including a black hole, but rather a binary system with two mainstream stars.[1]


Distance System Component Notes and additional references
(ly) (kpc) Designation Description Right ascension[2]
(Epoch J2000.0)
(Epoch J2000.0)
Desig­nation Stel­lar
1120±70 0.34±0.02 HR 6819
(QV Tel)
Triple star system with inner binary orbit t=40.333 ± 0.004 d [4] 18h 17m 07.532s[4] −56° 01′ 24.088″[4] 2020 Aa B3III[5] 6.3±0.1
Ab BH >5.0±0.4 First known black hole in a star system that is visible to the naked eye
B Be[5] Orbit and mass unknown
3000±300 ~0.858 A0620-00 (V616 Mon) Binary star system with orbit t=7.75 h 06h 22m 44.503s[6] −00° 20′ 44.72″[6] 1986 A BH 11.0±1.9 Black hole candidate
B K[5] 0.5±0.3
1.7±1.4 GRS 1124-683 (GU Muscae) Binary star system with orbit t=10.38 h 11h 26m 26.60s −68° 40′ 32.3″ 1991 Jan 20 A BH 6.95±1.1 Black hole candidate
B K 0.9±0.3
5720±300 1.7±0.1 XTE J1118+480 11h 18m 11s 48° 02′ 13″ 2000 A BH 6–6.5
B M 0.2
6000±375[7] 1.86 ± 0.12[7] Cygnus X-1 (Cyg X-1) Binary star system with orbit t=5.6 d 19h 58m 21.67595s[8] +35° 12′ 05.7783″[8] 1971 April–May Cyg X-1 BH 15±1 The first X-ray source widely accepted to be a black hole.
HDE 226868 O[9] 30±10
7400±1500 2.3±0.46 LB-1 B-type star with orbit t=78.9 d 06h 11m 49.0763s[10] +22° 49′ 32.686″[10] 2019 A BH 68+11
Mass uncertain based on parallax and distance
B B 9.2+0.9
7800±460 2.39±0.14 V404 Cygni Binary star system with orbit t=6.5 d 20h 24m 03.83s[11] +33° 52′ 02.2″[11] 1989 May 22 A BH 9 The first black hole to have an accurate parallax measurement for its distance from our solar system
B K[2] 0.7 Early K giant star
8100±1000 2.49±0.30 GRO J0422+32 Binary star system with orbit t=5.09 h 04h 21m 42.723s +32° 54′ 26.94″ 1992 Aug 5 A BH 3.97±0.95 May be a massive neutron star
B M1 0.5±0.1
8800±2300 2.7±0.7 GS 2000+25 20h 02m 50s +25° 14′ 11″ 1988 A BH 7.5
B M 0.5
11100±700 3.4±0.2 Cygnus X-3 Binary star system with orbit t=4.8 h 20h 32m 25.766s +40° 57′ 28.26″ 1967 Cyg X-3 BH 2.4+2.1

V1521 Cyg WN 10.3+3.9

One of the most luminous stars in the galaxy
11900±3600 3.7±1.1 GRO J1655-40 Binary star system with orbit t = 2.6 d 16h 54m 00.137s −39° 50′ 44.90″ 1994 A BH 5.31±0.07
V1033 Sco F5IV 1.9±0.3
25600±600 7.86±0.2 Sagittarius A* Supermassive black hole 17h 45m 40.0409s −29° 0′ 28.118″ 1974 BH 4300000 Center of galaxy
29700±2700 9.1±0.8 4U 1543-475 Binary star system with orbit t = 26.8 h 15h 47m 08.277s −47° 40′ 10.28″ 1971 A BH 9.4±2.0 Estimated 7.5±1.0 kpc away before Gaia
[clarification needed]
B A2V 2.7±1.0

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