Most massive black hole known to science

(ORDO NEWS) — Black holes have impressive “dimensions”, but among them there are still champions who represent the classes of supermassive and ultramassive black holes.

As far as we know, these “gravitational monsters” are located in the centers of galaxies, where there is an abundance of matter, which is so necessary for their nourishment and growth.

The Milky Way also has a supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, with a mass that is about 4.31 million times that of the Sun.

It seems like a lot, but at a distance of 10.37 billion light-years from Earth there is a black hole, next to which Sagittarius A * seems like a small pebble.

Near the North Pole of the Galaxy in the constellation Canes Hounds is the superbright quasar TON 618, which is associated with an ultramassive black hole with a mass of 66 billion solar masses.

This is 15,313 times the mass of Sagittarius A*. In addition, the quasar TON 618 demonstrates a fantastic luminosity, which is 140 trillion times greater than the sun!

Impressive and scary at the same time

The average distance between Pluto and the Sun is 39.5 astronomical units (AU), and NASA‘s Voyager 1 spacecraft moved away from the star at 155.6 AU. (as of May 2, 2022). The Schwarzschild radius of the black hole TON 618, according to the most conservative estimates, is 1300 AU.

If this “monster” replaced the Sun, then it would immediately swallow up the entire solar system and part of interstellar space.


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