Massive Black Hole Found: Biggest Black Hole Discovered in NGC 1277 (Video)

By on Nov 30, 2012 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

A super-giant black hole, found by researchers from the University of Texas, is being considered as one of the largest ever observed due to its enormous size. The monster black hole was spotted “in NGC 1277, a small, lenticular galaxy 250 million light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus,” according to a news report at on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Massive Black Hole Found is biggest black hole in NGC 1277
Super-giant black hole in NGC 1277
Image Credit: NASA / ESA / Andrew C. Fabian / Remco C. E. van den Bosch (MPIA)

In a statement issued by the McDonald Observatory in Austin, they said that the event horizon of the black hole has a diameter about 11 times more than the orbit of Neptune around the Sun.

The observatory added that the mass of the large black hole can be compared to 17 billion Suns, which is about 14 percent of the whole galaxy. A typical size black hole has a mass of only 0.1 percent of its host galaxy.

According to The Huffington Post, Karl Gebhardt, an astrophysicist and member of the university researchers that found the black hole explained that “It is definitely the black hole with the largest ratio of black hole to galaxy mass. The ratio is about 100 times larger than typical galaxies.”

Gebhardt told told KUT News that “It really is the chicken and the egg problem as to what comes first, the black hole or the galaxy. And this object, NGC 1277, is really pushing that to a deep understanding as to what is going on.”

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