Hubble Spots Supermassive Black Hole Inside Tiny Galaxy

September 18, 2014 11:45 AM

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Hubble Spots Supermassive Black Hole Inside Tiny Galaxy

Data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, along with ground-based observations, have helped astronomers detect a monster black hole inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. Scientists have described it as the discovery of “an unlikely object in an improbable place.”

The small dwarf galaxy, dubbed M60-UCD1, is also one of the densest galaxies known to date, with 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is about 1/500th of the Milky Way galaxy’s diameter. But, the black hole that sits inside M60-UCD1 is five times the mass of the one at...

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