Within a cloud of toxic gas floating near the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, is believed to be a newly-discovered enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun. If confirmed, this new black hole will be confirmed as the second-largest black hole in the Milky Way after the supermassive black hole (SMBH) known as Sagittarius A*(about 44 million km in diameter) anchored at the very centre of the galaxy. The new black hole is estimated to be 0.2 per cent the size of Sagittarius A*.
New research by researchers from Keio University, Japan, has uncovered evidence of a mid-sized black hole in a gas cluster near the centre of the Milky Way. This find could offer clues ON HOW SMBHs form, an occurrence that has had astronomers in a quandary for a while.
A professor at the University of California in San Diego, explained: “We know that smaller black holes form when some stars die, which makes them fairly common. We think some of those black holes are the seeds from which the much larger supermassive black holes grow to at least a million times more massive.”
For those who may not know, a black hole is defined (by NASA) as: “a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying.”