Fan-987-Logosm 35h_cbssportsrad_tampa cw44_tb

News

Scientists Find Black Holes 10 Billion Times Size Of Sun

View Comments
This NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory image obtained Dec. 9, 2003 shows the elliptical galaxy NGC 4261 that reveals dozens of black holes and neutron stars strung out across tens of thousands of light years like beads on a necklace. (credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images)

This NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory image obtained Dec. 9, 2003 shows the elliptical galaxy NGC 4261 that reveals dozens of black holes and neutron stars strung out across tens of thousands of light years like beads on a necklace. (credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images)

News

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist — each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.

A team led by an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of galaxies 300 million light years away. That’s relatively close on the galactic scale.

The previous black hole record-holder is as large as 6 billion suns. A black hole is formed by the collapse of a super-size star. It’s a region where nothing, not even light, can escape.

The scientists say their findings suggest differences in the way black holes grow, depending on the size of the galaxy.

The research was released Monday by the journal Nature.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 860 other followers