Biggest black hole discovered, lose some weight already!

The monster celestial object is 18 billion times more massive than our own Sun, says a team from Finland – six times larger than the previous record.

The object, called OJ287, is orbited by a smaller black hole, which allowed its mass to be measured very accurately.

The finding also enabled the researchers to test Einstein’s theory of gravity for the first time in a strong gravitational field.

Details of the finding were presented at the 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Austin, Texas.

The binary black hole system powers a quasar – a compact halo of matter which radiates enormous amounts of energy.

It is relatively close for a quasar – about 3.5 billion light-years away from us in the constellation of Cancer – making it one of the most studied objects of its type.

It emits a pulsing light signal, with two major pulses every 12 years. From this, astronomers were able to construct models to predict the arrival of the pulses. (story)

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