A newly discovered Monster Black Hole makes scientists scratch their head

The New Found Black Hole Is Monstrous in Size

Calculations recommend that the Milky Way galaxy's stellar-mass black holes - which kind after the violent deaths of big stars - ought to prime out at exclusively 25 instances the mass of the solar, the researchers stated. According to CNN, Chinese scientists have discovered a black hole "monster" so big that it should not even exist.

Scientists are uncertain as to how this hole came about but theories have been put forward.

Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution.

If you think the hole in your pocket is big then get ready for a black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun.

The finding of LB-1 is a gamechanger, proving "that this population of over-massive stellar black holes exists even in our own backyard".

According to previous calculations, the Milky Way galaxy's stellar-mass black holes (which are the result of the death of giant stars) should add up to 25 times the mass of the sun, at most.

Scientists thought before the discovery of the new black hole that very massive stars with the chemical composition found in our Galaxy would shed most of their gas in powerful stellar winds as their end of life approached. They are the remnants of stars that have died and usually have a mass of 10 to 24, the sun, NASA said. "Now theorists will have to take up the challenge of explaining its formation".


Most black holes are discovered through their dramatic exercise in X-rays or gamma rays that are emitted because the behemoths gobble up close by fuel and mud.

The team used China's Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) to find stars orbiting objects that are seemingly invisible - a technique that had been proposed back in 1783, but hadn't really been possible until recently. Liu's staff, nonetheless, sought out stars that are orbiting inactive black holes, that are obvious exclusively by their gravitational pull.

After the initial discovery, the world's largest optical telescopes - Spain's 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias and the 10-m Keck I telescope in the United States - were used to determine the system's physical parameters.

This photo shows an artist's rendering of a black hole LB-1. For instance, the mass of the black hole is determined by its calculated distance.

The discovery of the black hole also ties in with another recent astrophysics discovery - the detection of ripples in space-time caused by black hole collisions in distant galaxies.

The discovery of "monster" black holes was announced this week and reported in the current issue of Nature.

"The discovery of this forces us to re-examine our model of how stellar-mass black holes are formed", the release quoted the University of Florida physicist David Reitze.

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