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 is about 0.1 percent by weight of the central region of the galaxy. And this has grown to 59 percent! And, according to our observations, it continues to gain weight.

Scientists are puzzled: why gain weight? Scientists suggest that perhaps they opened the first object from the class of galaxies and black holes. Or maybe a giant hole just slowly eats own galaxy. But if she had such appetites, if she does not get to our delicious solar system?

— Hardly, — quiet scientists — the monster is too far away from us — at a distance of 220 million light years.

Category: Astronomy and Space

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