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Record-setting ultra-massive black hole found at heart of galaxy cluster

2 monthes ago   |   By Astronomy Now

The central galaxy of the Abell 85 cluster, known as Holm15A , features an extended core harbouring a black hole with 40 billion times the mass of the Sun. Image: Matthias Kluge/USM/MPE
A monster black hole with 40 billion times the mass of the Sun - a new record - has been identified at the heart of a heavy-weight galaxy anchoring the Abell 85 galactic cluster some 700 million light years from Earth.
“There are only a few dozen direct mass measurements of supermassive black holes, and never before has it been attempted at such a distance,” said Jens Thomas, a researcher at the Max Planck...
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