A black hole found just 1,000 light-years from Earth is the closest yet found to our planet.
Why it matters: The relatively nearby black hole — which is orbited by two stars — presents scientists with the opportunity to learn more about these mysterious objects by studying one not too far from our own part of the galaxy.
Details: The black hole is about four times the mass of the Sun, and unlike many of the other black holes found in our galaxy, it isn’t actively feeding off of its surroundings.
Context: Scientists think that the type of black hole found in the HR 6819 system form during the deaths of massive stars, but other, larger black holes like the one in the center of the Milky Way form through different, still unknown means.
What’s next: The scientists behind the new study think that there is already another good candidate system that looks similar to HR 6819.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to travel to Israel next week for a 24-hour visit, Israeli officials tell me.
Why it matters: This will be the first visit of a senior foreign official to Israel since coronavirus travel restrictions came into place. This will also be Pompeo’s first trip abroad since the crisis became a global pandemic.
There’s at least a small movement brewing to ensure telework remains widely permitted and encouraged in the post-pandemic era as a way to help the climate.
Why it matters: Driving creates lots of air pollution, and transportation (not just from passenger cars) is the nation’s largest source of CO2 emissions.
The private sector lost 20.2 million jobs in April, according to ADP’s private jobs report — the worst monthly job loss in the report’s history.
Why it matters: “Job losses of this scale are unprecedented. The total number of job losses for the month of April alone was more than double the total jobs lost during the Great Recession,” Ahu Yildirmaz, co-head of the ADP Research Institute said. The hospitality sector was hit hardest with 8.6 million jobs lost, while the trade, transportation, utilities and construction sectors also suffered major blows.
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