Think you had a hearty lunch today? Imagine ingesting portions of an entire galaxy to satisfy your epic hunger, as this newly discovered supermassive black hole has demonstrated. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has just captured an incredible image of a star-swallowing black hole situated 300 million light-years away in the Coma Cluster of the elliptical galaxy NGC 4889, revealed as the most brilliant galaxy in the official photo below.
It’s the most awesome black hole ever recorded, sized up to be 21 billion times the size of the sun, a stunning enormity when compared to the swirling black hole centered in the Milky Way, estimated to be just 4 million times that of our yellow star. According to astronomers and scientists, the supermassive black hole was indirectly discovered by detecting and measuring the relative velocity of the stars orbiting galaxy NGC 4889’s center, which is affected by the enormity of the mass they revolve around. NASA’s research team has thankfully concluded that the ravenous black hole “has stopped feeding, and is currently resting after feasting on NGC 4889’s cosmic cuisine.”
Deeply embedded in the center of the Coma Cluster within hundreds of neighboring galaxies, let’s hope its appetite for destruction remains at this dizzying distance from Earth.
(Via USA Today)