That’s a huge b—-, black hole! The studies of the skies and the depths of outer space continue, with new and intriguing discoveries being made all of the time! One of the latest finds is a black hole that is truly monstrous!
Scientific researchers using The Hubble Space Telescope have been able to observe details about a distant galaxy that has been labeled NGC 1277. This galaxy is some 220 million light years from Earth (no, we won’t be visiting it…). It can be observed within what we have designated as Perseus Constellation.
NGC 1277 itself first was viewed during 1875. Sir Lawrence Parsons, The 4th Earl of Rosse, was the one who made the discovery of this galaxy. Parsons, accompanied by his wife (also an astronomer…), worked together to make this find. Their telescope was dubbed as The Leviathan of Parsonstown, and it was supposed to be the largest telescope of that time period!
Studies of this far away galaxy have been focusing on it’s core black hole. Supermassive black holes exist at the centers of galaxies, and the one found at the heart of NGC 1277 has captured much attention because of it’s size. This particular galaxy is merely one tenth the size of our home galaxy, The Milky Way. Yet, it’s central black hole is seventeen billion times as massive as The Sun, while expanding to a distance that is greater than the orbit of Neptune around our star. This black hole just might be the largest black hole within the known universe!
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory is where NGC 1277 first was viewed. Astronomers at UT-Austin have said that studies of this galaxy show that it is comprised mainly of it’s central black hole. They may designate it as the first known galaxy of it’s kind, being mostly black hole, with comparably lesser amounts of star systems encircling the center. WOW!!!
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(the black hole….)