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The Biggest Black Hole Discovered?

  1. Feb 11, 2008 #1
    Yo......Is this the mother of all Black Holes? Doubtful. Remember, there is 'No' upper limit for a Black Hole.

    I found an article in 'NewScientist.com news service' where it states that the biggest Black Hole to date has been discovered. Weighing in at over 18 billion solar masses and lurking at the core of a distant Quasar called OJ287 at a distance of 3.5 billion light years. To make this article even more interesting, another 100 million solar mass Black Hole orbits it's larger brother and is expected to merge with it in another 10,000 years. It comes close enough to punch through the disc of matter twice each orbit surrounding the larger one, causing a pair of outbursts that makes OJ287 suddenly brighten. In the case of OJ287, the tremendous gravitational field of the larger Black Hole causes the the smaller Black Hole's orbit to precess at an incredible 39 degrees each orbit. The precession changes where and when the smaller Black Hole crashes through the disc surrounding it's larger sibling.

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