In a recently published research paper astrophysicists have revealed that they have discovered ultramassive black holes situated about 3.5 billion light-years away. During the course of the research, the research team studied about 72 galaxies located at the some of the biggest and brightest galaxy clusters. Interestingly, the researchers found that the number of ultramassive black holes are increasing more than the number of starts in the parent galaxies.
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Interestingly, the group of scientists revealed that most of the black holes’ masses are more than 10 times than the initial projected size with more than half of the black holes have masses which are more than 10 billion times of the size of the sun.
Mar Mezcua, the lead author of the study revealed in a press release, “We have discovered black holes that are far larger and way more massive than anticipated. Are they so big because they had a head start or because certain ideal conditions allowed them to grow more rapidly over billions of years?”
While the recently discovered black holes are powerful enough to destroy most of their parent galaxies, Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, another researcher revealed that our galaxy isn’t threatened by the supermassive black holes located at Milky Way’s center.