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Astronomers believe they have discovered a supermassive black hole is located about 700 million light-years from Earth and has a mass of 40 billion times that of the Sun.
The black hole is located in the Holmberg 15, a so-called supergiant elliptical galaxy located in a group of more than 500 galaxies called Abell 85, according to SciNews.
“This is the most massive known black hole using a direct dynamic detection of the local Universe,” the researchers, from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the astronomical Observatory of the University of Munich, told the publication.
“That’s why it is the most massive in our region of the universe, and it is one of the most massive ever found.”
— Andrew Coates, astronomer
“This is a black hole, not only is it one of the most massive known, but it is 4 to 9 times greater than expected in view of the galaxy bulge stellar mass,” they said.
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An artist’s impression of a black hole’s accretion disk.
((XMM-Newton, ESA, NASA))
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This supermassive black hole is about twice as large as the other two large black holes at their centers, the scientists noted.
“This is a remarkable observation that a very massive black hole in the 40 billion solar masses. This makes it the most massive in our region of the universe, and it is one of the most massive ever found,” Andrew Coates, of University College London’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, told Newsweek.
The work has been completed by the astronomer Kianusch Mehrgan and her colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the astronomical Observatory of the University of Munich, germany.
The results will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.
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