Published on November 29th, 2012 0
The largest Black Hole ever recorded was discovered (VIDEO)
Scientists have recently discovered the largest black hole ever observed, and the data indicate that they may be in a small galaxy located 250 million light years from Earth.
The super-massive black hole is located in the galaxy NGC 1277, situated in the constellation Perseus and has a mass equivalent to 17 billion suns. Under these conditions, 14% of the total mass of the galaxy is held by the black hole. So we can figure out what this percentage, we must consider that normally a black hole occupies only 0.1% of the total mass of the host galaxy.
Scientists say giant black hole is 11 times larger than the orbit of Neptune me. So it goes that, when measured, for the first time, they thought they miscalculated.
“The first time I made calculations I thought something was wrong. I once more calculated with the same instrument, because in the end we changed the instrument”, said astronomer Van den Bosch.
The discovery, scientists say, might have the potential to help them learn new details on how they have evolved black holes at the centre of galaxies.
Until now, scientists have believed that there is a link between the size of a galaxy and black hole centre. Now, the proportions observed in the NGC 1277 galaxy, put this theory into question.
Scientists say that during the study that sought discovery of the largest black holes have been analyzed over 700 galaxies have noticed 5 other neighbouring galaxies with NGC 1277, that it seems to resemble them.
Source: Live ScienceDiscovery-Zone