Monday, August 24, 2009

New analysis doubles the size of 'mega black hole'

Researchers believe galaxy M87's "monstrous central black hole" is twice as big as originally estimated. (New Scientist) The new analysis, run through a supercomputer by an American-German team, accounts for dark matter and places that black hole at a mass of 6.4 billion suns.

Not impressed? Consider this. M87 is 55 million light years away. If you could see black holes in the night sky, M87's central black hole would appear to be the same size as the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Wow.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.