The Behemoth Black Hole

Behemoth Black Hole captured by NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)

Not long ago, the collision of two black holes were detected. Now, astronomers have discovered another black hole that is labeled to be a behemoth black hole - weighing 17 billion suns, it is located in the center of a huge galaxy namely NGC 1600. Although it is not the largest to be discovered, the giant black hole’s mass far overshadows the mass of its relatively sparse bulge since it is usually the larger the galaxy bulge, the proportionally more massive the black hole.

Some speculate that the black hole came to be its size through merging with another black hole a long time ago. This happens when galaxies merge, causing their black holes to orbit and eventually merge as well. The surrounding stars are moving on a straighter path away from the core of this black hole suggest that they had initially steered toward the center and had been swung off.

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