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December 10, 2011

Astronomers Find Biggest Black Holes Yet

Astronomers have found 2 absolutely massive black holes 330 million light years away. The smallest of the two has a mass of about 10 billion suns. The largest has a mass of about 21 billion suns! The former largest black hole discovered was a mere 7.7 billion sun masses. Who knows what else could be out there?

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/science/space/astronomers-find-biggest-black-holes-yet.html?_r=2

Posted by tmthirty at December 10, 2011 09:53 PM


I just read an article about this and found it to be extremely fascinating! An interesting quote from mine said, "Scientists speculate these two black holes remained hidden for so long because they are living in quiet retirement — much quieter and more boring than their boisterous youth powering quasars billions of years ago" (http://thechronicleherald.ca/science/41296-monstrous-black-holes-found). I cannot even fathom how many more black holes and celestial objects are just "hiding out" in space.
Regardless, black holes have always fascinated me and I hope one day soon we can learn more about them even though it would be very difficult.

Posted by: fadmonic at December 11, 2011 03:10 PM

What effect does size has to do with other factors such as its gravitational force?

Posted by: buruken at December 11, 2011 09:17 PM

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