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December 08, 2011

Two Supermassive Black Holes Discovered

Two black holes are discovered and reported this week, both have billions of solar masses. As the previous record holder was only 6.3 billion solar masses, the newly discovered ones, with 9.7 billions and possibly more, are definitely striking. The article says that the "event horizon" is "5 times the orbit of Pluto", which means any closer than that, anything will not be able to escape the gravitational pull. One researcher said discovering black holes like these is like "finally encountering people nine feet tall, whose great height had only been inferred from fossilized bones".

Posted by wangrt at December 8, 2011 01:37 AM


This is very interesting. If anything comes near the black hole, with a gravitational pull that strong, it will be doomed. It is also very amazing how big they are as well.

Posted by: bashreve at December 8, 2011 09:23 AM

I think its crazy how massive these black holes are! I'm surprised they weren't detected earlier.

Posted by: bashreve at December 8, 2011 10:42 AM

This is quite amazing. It seems that we still cannot fathom the vastness of our universe, we just keep finding bigger stuff!

Posted by: derbach at December 8, 2011 08:30 PM

That's quite amazing. Everything is on such a large scale that it's impossible to comprehend the size. Some things in the universe are absolutely stunning. I can't wait til we find out more about black holes.

Posted by: dustont at December 10, 2011 03:10 PM

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