Most massive black hole discovered, so far…

Alright, so this is pretty much old news, but I wanted to write about it anyway.  So this massive black hole at the center of a quasar was discovered recently, said to be as massive as 18 billion of our Suns.  Now, I’m kind of confused about when this was discovered, because even though I’ve been seeing it in the news in the past month, all the articles I read are dated 2008 and 2007, so this might be really old news.

Artist's rendition of a black hole.

Artist's rendition of a black hole.

Technically, you can’t observe a black hole directly because it swallows up everything around it, including light, making it… well black, against a backdrop of black space, making them pretty hard to spot.  So how can you tell how big this thing is?  Well, click on the picture and read on, but believe it or not, there’s a smaller black hole orbiting around the big one, and twice a ‘year’, it goes through the disc of matter surrounding the large one, creating a burst of light/energy that can be measured from Earth.  With countless measurements, the data can infer the size of the larger black hole without ever actually ‘seeing’ it.

I thought that was pretty cool, and no worries, it doesn’t look like it’ll swallowing us up anytime soon.

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13 Responses to Most massive black hole discovered, so far…

  1. Aaron says:

    This IS old yet awesome news. Most people think that the 18-billion solar mass black hole is the largest one, but i’ve heard of a 36-billion billion solar mass black hole that has a black hole orbiting it, too. This IS true. I am the 36-billion solar mass black hole’s number 1 fan.

    • averyhenderson says:

      That would be pretty huge, but I can’t find anything about it. Any chance you know of some info somewhere? Yeah I’m not sure why it was in the news recently when this was discovered a couple years ago, but can’t really argue with it… otherwise I probably wouldn’t have known about it!

    • apllo says:

      can you give me some links about that 36-billion billion solar mass blackhole because i can’t find any info about it…
      P.S. sorry for my english

      • averyhenderson says:

        I can’t seem to find any myself either actually… I have a feeling that this 36 billion year old black hole is being confused with the 18 billion… that’s my honest opinion, because they’re being described identically. But if anyone else finds some links, by all means, share them!

      • averyhenderson says:

        P.S. No need to apologize for the english!

  2. apllo says:

    Talking about black holes nobody knows whats inside them.So i thought that everything we know about the universe could be wrong. I mean nobody knows how big black holes could be so everything we know could be inside black hole.Well thats how i think.

  3. rahul ahire says:

    I THINK THERE ARE MANY STARS, MANY GALLEXY AND MANY UNIVERSE ALSO THE BLACK MATTER AND BLACK ENERGY HOLDING THE UNIVERSE. THE GRAVITY OF BLACK HOLE IS VERY HUGE. I THING UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING BECAUSE OF ANOTHER UNIVERSE. ONE DAY THE BLACK HOLE WILL CLOSE THE CHAPTER OF UNIVERSE

  4. Rifat says:

    As they say,we no wats in a black hole,dont u get it if we get in it will go to another dimanshion because a blak hole spines as faster as speed of light and what ever does will go on a nother dimantion so no need to worry.

  5. Jake says:

    Um… 186,000 miles per second is the ultimate speed limit, black holes aren’t faster than it. And even if black holes WERE faster, you’d go back in time, not into another dimension, which although do exist, are unreachable.

    • averyhenderson says:

      Unfortunately, there is not even close to enough proof for either going back in time (or even that it’s possible), or other dimensions. What occurs in a black hole is complete theory, as are time and parallel dimensions.

  6. Maria says:

    Hello, if you own the copyright for this black hole picture, would you mind if I use it for another blog?

    • averyhenderson says:

      I don’t own the copyright for it, I’m fairly certain it’s from NASA, but you can find it anywhere. Feel free to link to my blog though, ha! Which blog are you using it for, can I check it out?!

  7. Brandon says:

    A black hole is caused by the implosion of a large super heated mass or “star”. The mass of the gravity with-in the center of this star is so great that not even light rays moving at the speed of light can escape, the point at which this happens is called the event horizon because even light is effected by gravity. further into the black hole is yet another “wall” called the inner horizon a point at which matter is moving into and out of the center of said black hole at the fastest possible speed any matter or wavelength can travel, 186,000,000 miles per second(no matter can achieve a greater speed due to the fact that its mass will increase exponentially the faster it goes)not much is known what happens beyond this point but you WILL NOT SURVIVE, if you manage to not be torn apart from being stretched due to gravity outside the black hole or the heat intense enough to create stars and or planets depending on the black holes size you would most likely be atomized at the inner horizon and the crushed into a singularity according to einsteins’ Tensor(mathematical formulas used to describe complex motion in uneven space.) in his theory of general relativity concerning black holes, the gravity at the center of a black hole is infinite (which cannot be possible but we have yet to disprove this due to obvious scientific limitations) so now go and do some more research of your own its not hard to find real data on the subject (NASA website has some good videos and discovery channel does as well)and wrap your head around some quantum physics its crazy stuff.

    http://physics.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_math_of_general_relativity

    http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/starsgalaxies/black_hole_description.html

    http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=black_holes

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