Thursday, May 19

“This newly discovered black hole could be a relic created before the first stars and galaxies formed.”


  • BBC Science Focus
  • Sara Rigby

Black hole

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Black holes can be detected from gravitational waves.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is surrounded by black holes, but a recent discovery has indicated that one of them is much more special.

It is approximately 55,000 times the mass of the Sun and what makes it so peculiar, according to the scientific community, is that it could be a relic created before the first stars and galaxies were formed.

They believe that this particular black hole may be the seed of the supermassive black holes that exist today and could help scientists estimate the total number of these objects in the universe, the researchers said.

The discovery of this black hole of “intermediate mass” or of type Goldilocks, which is different from the small black holes made of stars and supermassive giants at the core of most galaxies, was published in the trade journal Nature Astronomy.


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