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New discovery:

 

A Behemoth BLACK Hole

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Photo: NASA, ESA, and D. Cole, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScl) from Internet

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   [This is so new we take this report straight from the cited source (next para). If this sort of thing seems too strange, remember that black holes are black because there is so much "stuff" (or mass) in them that photons of light cannot escape. Astronomers, however, can sense them other ways.]

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   Astronomers discovered a “behemoth” black hole weighing as much as 17 billion suns in a remote part of the universe, according to a report published Wednesday (April 6, 2016).¹

   Black holes are collapsed stars — bottomless pits of gravity from which not even light can escape. The biggest ones are typically located at the center of large galaxies in crowded parts of the universe.

   What is surprising about the new discovery is the remote location of the galaxy where it resides.

   “The newly discovered supersized black hole resides in the center of a massive elliptical galaxy, NGC 1600, located in a cosmic backwater, a small grouping of 20 or so galaxies,” said lead discoverer Chung-Pei Ma, a University of California-Berkeley astronomer.

   The observations, made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, could indicate these monstrous objects are more common than thought.

   While impressive, this supermassive black hole is not the biggest ever discovered: The current record holder tips the scale at 21 billion suns, NASA said.

What makes a black hole “black” is that its gravity bends light so strongly it can’t escape. The more massive the black hole, the wider its “event horizon,” the surrounding sphere of space that traps all light and anything else that falls within its gravitational well.

The findings were published Wednesday in the British journal Nature.

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   ¹ Doyle Rice, USA Today Apr. 7, 2016.