NGC 1277


The biggest black hole whose mass has so far been properly measured lies at the heart of a galaxy called NGC 1277, 250 million light years from Earth in the constellation of Perseus – and it’s a real whopper. While our own galaxy’s central black hole has an estimated mass of 4.1 million Suns, the black hole in NGC 1277 is around 17 billion solar masses.

Astronomers discover and assess black holes in distant galaxies by measuring the orbits of the stars that surround them. Many have now been found, with masses equivalent to millions or even

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Discovered the most giant black hole in the universe

Supermassive black hole in the constellation Perseus discovered by astronomers from the Institute of Astronomy, the Max Planck Society in Heidelberg (Germany). Experts it struck its gigantic dimensions: almost filled the entire galaxy NGC 1277, which actually lives. Weighs as 17 billion suns. The mass measured from data obtained with an infrared spectrometer in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory American.

The galaxy NGC 1277, a giant hole eats.Photo: NASA

— With a space-heavyweight champion for the first time we encountered — recognized one of the researchers Remco van den Bosch. — In general, the mass of the black hole

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