Supermassive Black Hole

Muse sang it. Turns out we have one after all.

It is large enough to swallow our entire solar system and weighs the same as 6.8 billion suns.

Event its event horizon – the edge from within nothing can escape, not even light – is four times as large as the orbit of Neptune.

This black hole M87, the largest identified such phenomenon identified so far anywhere.

Researchers said that it may have formed as a result of hundreds of smaller black holes merging into one at some point in the past.

As a point of comparison, the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way is 1,000 times smaller.

Speaking of M87, astronomer Karl Gebhardt of the University of Texas in Austin said: ‘It could swallow our solar system whole’.

 

 

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