Black Hole too big for its Galaxy

A monster black hole has just been discovered. According to a study published in the journal Science, astronomers have located a massive black hole that appears to have affected the growth of the galaxy.


Now known as CID-947, the super black hole is estimated to be the size of 7 billion suns. (A single sun is reported to have a diameter of 864,400 miles. In other words, one sun is 109 times the size of the Earth.)

This huge black hole was found utilizing NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton spacecraft.

The scientists are now even questioning the present models of galaxy formation.

According to the astronomers, the majority of the current models of black hole mass are somewhere in the range of millions of solar masses. This massive black hole, however, is counted by billions.

The investigative team report that the black hole formed in the early stage of the universe approximately 11.7 billion years ago or 2 billion years following the Big Bang. They note that black holes account for between 0.2 to 0.5 percent of the mass of their galaxies.

The CID-947 has approximately one-tenth of the mass of its galaxy and is consuming it at a remarkable rate. These new findings support the prior reports that say black holes are now growing at an incredible rate in the universe.

The astronomers admitted their initial surprise. Benny Trakhtenbrot, an astrophysicist from Swiss Federal Institute and lead author of the study, stated: “We therefore have a gigantic black hole within a normal-size galaxy.”

Trakhtenbrot and the other astronomers concluded that they hope to further study other “ancient supermassive black holes” in hopes of gathering more data concerning their activity.