Astronomers Discovered Humongous Black Hole in Unlikely Cosmic Backwater
MASSIVE survey astronomers have spotted a humongous black hole in the center of the galaxy named NGC 1600. It’s not only almost as big as the largest black hole discovered yet but also situated in a sparsely populated territory 200 million light years away from earth. Note that, it is 17 billion times the mass of the sun, slightly smaller than the largest one we know of is 21 billion times larger. Those supermassive black holes are typically found in the center of huge galaxies that state in densely populated areas. NASAcompares it with finding a skyscraper in the middle of a small town.
The MASSIVE survey that is a learning of huge galaxies aimed at this special black hole’s size by calculating the movements of stars within its impact using the Gemini Observatory telescopes in Hawaii and Chile.
The stars “were going so fast that the only way they could be travelling at this speed is if you had a 17-billion-solar-mass black hole at the center,” said lead astronomer Chung-Pei Ma.
Why the black hole is so big is still a mystery. One reason may be that it’s an outcome of two black holes that merged when their galaxies pounded into each other. Anyways, scientists are now aware of the fact that supermassive black holes can remain within smaller groups of galaxies. It’s possible that there is lot more surprise black holes than our imagination as the type of cosmic community is more abundant than heavily populated ones.