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Second biggest black hole ever found in ‘oddball galaxy’

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Astronomers have found the second biggest ever black hole in a small galaxy 220 million light years away. The hole’s mass is 17 billion times that of the Sun. It was found in a relatively small galaxy called NGC1277 and its mass consists of 14 per cent of the galaxy itself. Usually, black holes found in other galaxies account for no more than 0.1 per cent. Lead researcher Karl Gebhardt from the University of Texas told The Independent: “This is a really oddball galaxy. It’s almost all black hole.’



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