Researchers Discover the Biggest Black Hole in the Universe

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 13:55

A research team team, led by Kianusch Mehrgan from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, has discovered the biggest black hole in the universe.

Astronomers, their work will be published in the Astrophysical Journal, discovered an enormous black hole at the center of Holmberg 15A, a supergiant elliptical galaxy and the central, dominant member of the galaxy cluster Abell 85, through using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Sci-News reports.

The object was discovered by astronomer Kianusch Mehrgan and her colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and University Observatory Munich.

“We obtained wide-field spectroscopic data of Holmberg 15A, the brightest cluster galaxy of the cool-core galaxy cluster Abell 85, from VLT’s Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on November 16, 2017, and August 10, 2018,” they said.

Holmberg 15A’s ultramassive black hole is estimated to have a mass of 40 billion times that of the Sun, “This black hole is not only one of the most massive known, it is also 4 to 9 times larger than expected given the galaxy’s bulge stellar mass,” researchers believe.

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