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Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy
Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy

Sometimes big surprises come wrapped in tiny galactic packages. That’s the strange find from a team of astronomers who discovered an enormous supermassive black hole in a very unlikely place: at the center of an ultracompact dwarf galaxy. The galaxy known as M60-UCD1, whose oversized black hole was described in the journal Nature, belies the conventional wisdom – that big galaxies have really big black holes at their center, and small galaxies have relatively smaller black holes. And it could mean that the universe hosts many more supermassive black holes than previously thought, since many could be tucked in the centers of tiny, unassuming ultracompact galaxies. Your...

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