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Universe’s Largest Black Hole May Have An Explanation At Last (Synopsis)

31 Jul 2017, 15:04 UTC
Universe’s Largest Black Hole May Have An Explanation At Last (Synopsis) X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Michigan/R.C.Reis et al; Optical: NASA/STScI
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The largest black hole in the Universe was a shocker when it was first discovered. At 40 billion solar masses, it certainly is impressively large. Like other quasars and active galaxies, it has a luminous accretion disk that can be seen from a great distance. Like only a few, one of its two incredibly energetic, polar jets is pointed directly at Earth, creating a blazar, the brightest of all active galaxies.
When an active galaxy has one of its jets pointed directly at Earth, we observe an ultra-luminous phenomenon known as a blazar. These are the brightest objects seen in the entire Universe. Image credit:

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