Galaxy NGC 1277 is comparatively tiny, just one quarter the size of our Milky Way. There may be a reason for that, however, as scientists have just discovered a massive black hole at the centre of NGC 1277 that makes up 14% of the Galaxy’s entire mass. It is 17 billion times more massive than our sun and is as big as our entire solar system. According to the BBC, it’s the second largest black hole ever discovered* and it has scientists confounded.
“This is a really oddball galaxy,” Karl Gebhardt of The University of Texas at Austin, a team member on the research told Universe Today. “It’s almost all black hole. This could be the first object in a new class of galaxy-black hole systems.”
Scientists generally posit supermassive black holes only develop in large galaxies, but the finding in NGC 1277 throws a wrench…
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