Gigantic, Ancient Black Hole 12 Billion Times The Mass Of Sun Puzzles Scientists

February 26, 2015 12:32 PM

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Gigantic, Ancient Black Hole 12 Billion Times The Mass Of Sun Puzzles Scientists

Researchers from China have spotted a black hole that is so massive and so ancient that it contradicts our current understanding of how these bodies are formed. According to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the black hole is 12 billion times the mass of the Sun and was formed in the very infancy of our universe -- less than 900 million years after the Big Bang.

Black holes, which are regions of space-time that are so dense that not even light can escape their gravitational pull, are formed when a massive star collapses under its own weight. As these objects consume nearby dust and stars, or merge with other black holes, they grow in size. Because the proce...

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