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December 05, 2011

Largest Black Holes Discovered

Astronomers at the University of California - Berkeley have discovered the largest black holes thus far - the black holes have masses equal to 10 billion suns. They are at the center of two galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away from Earth. These particular black holes threaten an area five times the size of our own solar system where they could consume anything and everything, and that includes light.

Visit full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205140609.htm

Posted by mhymes at December 5, 2011 11:04 PM

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it makes you wonder if these black holes came form a large explosion from a massive star sometime in the past

Posted by: amug at December 6, 2011 05:48 PM

I was going to post this same article before I saw that you posted it. This is very interesting. These black holes are massive. Its hard to believe that these black holes can be estimated to be five times the area of our solar system.

Posted by: zachrk at December 6, 2011 09:08 PM

Black holes seem to be incredibly large. I can't believe their size!

Posted by: dhurvitz at December 6, 2011 10:22 PM

Black holes are an extremely fascinating topic. I wonder where these enormous black holes came from? It is hard to even comprehend their size and strength, especially when they have the ability to threaten an area five times the size of our own solar system!

Posted by: abrod at December 7, 2011 01:34 PM

I've always wondered what was the point for having black holes? Are they just supposed to eat up the universe bite by bite until nothing is left? The size of these black holes is ridiculous! But just the thought that they're out there makes me wonder what it's like inside...

Posted by: rmbonds at December 10, 2011 11:10 AM

It is hard to imagine an object equal to the mass of 10 billion suns at a distance so far away. The objects surrounding the black hole may not even exist anymore if they are hundreds of millions of light years away. The light from surrounding stars may still be traveling to Earth.

Posted by: mikeeng at December 11, 2011 10:46 PM

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