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December 05, 2011

Biggest Black Holes

Astronomers have reported to have found the biggest black holes ever measured. Sizing up ten times bigger than our solar system, and some weighing as much as 21 billion suns, these giants have ate up billions of suns.

The ridiculous size of these black holes might call their accuracy into question but a graduate student at Cal, Berkeley said, “these are the most massive reliably-measured black holes ever.”

The previously largest black hole weighed in at 6.3 billion suns, so these new ones easily surpassed that. Who knows how big the next biggest ones will be?

Read the entire story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/science/space/astronomers-find-biggest-black-holes-yet.html?_r=1&ref=space

Posted by sjbar at December 5, 2011 03:16 PM

Comments

Wow, that's huge. The crazy part is that as the black hole is it's only 6.24x10^14 meters in radius. Just goes to show you how dense they are.

Posted by: mgilbs at December 5, 2011 07:20 PM

This information is absolutely fascinating and so cool to read about, but when I see numbers like this I just cant imagine or comprehend how big this is. 21 billion suns is absolutely insane how big that is and its very interesting to see astronomers finding things like this.

Posted by: asteier at December 12, 2011 06:18 PM

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