Supermassive Black Holes Could Be More Common Than We Thought

This is heavy. The universe may be teeming with supermassive black holes, suggests new research that could completely overhaul scientists’ understanding of the cosmic behemoths. Astronomers have found a black hole that is 17 billion times the mass of our sun and located essentially in no man’s land in the universe, according to the study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. And researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, believe they have yet to uncover many more giant black holes, whose gravitational pulls are so strong, not even light can escape. Scientists expect to find supermassive black holes — those with a mass about 10

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