A black hole was found in the Perseus constellation. The astronomers say it’s probably the largest black hole ever to be found, according to Fox News. The phenomenon is 250 million light-years away from Earth.
The black hole is located in a small galaxy called NGC 1277, in the constellation Perseus, and has the mass equivalent of 17 billion suns. The unusually large hole accounts for 14% of the galaxy’s mass compared to the only 0.1% scientists say a normal black hole does.
Karl Gebhardt, a study team member from the University of Texas, considers that “this could be the first object in a new class of galaxy-black hole systems.” The research shows that the black hole is as wide as Neptune’s orbit around our galaxy’s sun 11 times over. The leader of the research, Remco van den Bosch, admitted that the team of scientists had to postpone publishing their discoveries for a year, as they wanted to double check their findings given the abnormally large mass of the black hole.
The lead scientist originally thought his first calculations were wrong and proceeded to retake the measurements using a different instrument. When both tests yielded the same results he thought “maybe something else was happening.”
The new findings might alter the way scientists understand the internal relation between the center part of the galaxy and the black hole inside it. Up until now the researchers thought the two were linked, but given the strange proportions found in NGC 1277 that belief is now being questioned.
The researchers found five more galaxies in NGC 1277’s vicinity that look similar and might have gigantic black holes of their own.
The research was presented in detail in the November issue of the journal “Nature”.