Scientists discover 'monster' black hole so big it shouldn't exist

The New Found Black Hole Is Monstrous in Size

The New Found Black Hole Is Monstrous in Size

Calculations recommend that the Milky Way galaxy's stellar-mass black holes - which kind after the violent deaths of big stars - ought to prime out at exclusively 25 instances the mass of the solar, the researchers stated. According to CNN, Chinese scientists have discovered a "monster" black hole that is simply so large it shouldn't even be in existence.

Scientists do not know how this hole was created, but theories have been advanced.

"The mass black holes should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most current models of stellar evolution", said Liu Jifeng, a professor at the National Astronomical Observatory of China and head researcher of the study, in a news release.

Scientists thought before the discovery of the new black hole that very massive stars with the chemical composition found in our Galaxy would shed most of their gas in powerful stellar winds as their end of life approached. They then used both the US' Keck I telescope and Spain's Gran Telescopio Canarias to determine the properties of both the star (in a tight, 79-day orbit) and its companion black hole. "Therefore, they should not leave behind such a massive remnant", Liu said.

"Now theorists will have to take up the challenge of explaining its formation", Liu said. This process creates powerful X-ray emissions, detectable from Earth, which reveal the presence of the collapsed object.

LB-1 is not the biggest black hole ever discovered - but it may be the largest of its kind. They discovered a star called LB-1, which is eight times the mass of the sun and that appears to orbit a black hole every 79 days, even though the black hole isn't visible.

The vast majority of stellar black holes in our galaxy are not engaged in a cosmic banquet though, and thus don't emit revealing X-rays. The scientists backed up their observations with information from two different telescopes.

That mentioned the Chinese-led staff was famous that, if LB-1 had been nearer, it could be much less luminous and fewer large - and its noticed temperature can't be defined with much less luminosity. "Intriguingly, the black holes involved in such collisions are also much bigger than what was previously considered typical". Astronomers recording gravitational waves have found that the colliding black holes producing the waves are far larger than usual. For example, the mass of the black hole depends on its calculated distance.

This discovery forces us to re-examine our models of how stellar-mass black holes form.

A paper on the discovery of the black hole has been published in the journal Nature.

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