Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe.

Behemoth Black Hole Found in an Unlikely Place

Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe.

Black Hole Has Major Flare - The baffling and strange behaviors of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious, with new observations from two NASA missions.

Black Hole Has Major Flare - The baffling and strange behaviors of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious, with new observations from two NASA missions.

Černé díry a holografický vesmír

Černé díry a holografický vesmír

Simulace černé díry, Foto:

Simulace černé díry, Foto:

205/365 Opak černé díry

205/365 Opak černé díry

Svět u supermasivní černé díry. Kredit: P. Bakala / Ústav fyziky FPF SLU.

Svět u supermasivní černé díry. Kredit: P. Bakala / Ústav fyziky FPF SLU.

Černé díry (dokument, HD kvalita) - YouTube

Černé díry (dokument, HD kvalita) - YouTube

Best of Galaxies ‏ @BestGalaxyPics 17h17 hours ago More This tickles my brain cells

Best of Galaxies ‏ @BestGalaxyPics 17h17 hours ago More This tickles my brain cells

pendant Amerindian Triangle By Eva Haškova -- love the combination of B and warm colors

pendant Amerindian Triangle By Eva Haškova -- love the combination of B and warm colors

An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have now cast doubt on this classification. Instead, a group of astronomers propose that the source was an even more extreme and rare event — a rapidly spinning black hole ripping apart a passing star that came too close.

An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have now cast doubt on this classification. Instead, a group of astronomers propose that the source was an even more extreme and rare event — a rapidly spinning black hole ripping apart a passing star that came too close.

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