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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Largest Black Hole Discovered So Far

Reuters, EarthSky, and other sources recently reported the discovery of a gargantuan black hole, the largest discovered as of yet. How large is it? Well, this black hole is estimated to be 12 billion times larger than the Sun, challenging recent black hole growth rate theories! Created less than a billion years after the Big Bang, this black hole is located in the center of a bright quasar known in the scientific astronomer community as SDSS J0100+2802. SDSS J0100+2802 is another remarkable cosmic object, being the brightest quasar discovered by astronomers yet. It is so bright that it matches the brightness of 420 trillion Suns!

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Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula