Supermassive black hole 3.5 million times heavier than Sun found

The black hole, similar to the one in the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, was spotted in the elliptical dwarf galaxy 62 million light-years away. The “supermassive” tear in space was observed through a collaborative effort by scientists from the US, Europe, Australia and Chile. The black hole was discovered in the dead centre of the Fornax galaxy cluster – an unusual cluster of stars belonging to the ultracompact dwarf (UCD) classification.
Anton Afanasiev, lead author of the discovery, said: “We have discovered a supermassive black hole in the centre of Fornax UCD3. “The black hole mass is 3.5 million that of the Sun, similar to the central black hole in our own Milky Way.” A supermassive black hole, sometimes dubbed an SMBH or SBH, is the largest known type of black hole ranging from hundreds of thousands to billions of solar masses.
Almost all current known galaxies are focused around a supermassive black hole which in many cases gives them their characteristic spin. In 2011 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope managed to confirm the existence of such a black hole at the heart of galaxy M84 – an incredibly unprecedented achievement.
 

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