Saturday, December 1, 2012

[GSMNL] New Supermassive Black Hole too Big for Its Galaxy



A newly discovered supermassive black hole, has surprised scientists by being way too large for its galaxy. Generally there is a relationship between the size of galaxy and its central black hole. Typically the central black hole has only about 0.1% the mass of the galaxy. The previous record was 11% however the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1277 has a mass that is a whopping 59% of the mass of the galaxy. Furthermore this supermassive black hole has a mass of 17 billion suns which is huge compared to the Milky Way's central black hole of 4 million solar masses. However this monster of a black hole is found at the center of a galaxy that is just 10% of the mass of the Milky Way.


This was a surprise for the astronomers because it does not fit their models of how galaxies form. However there is a creation model proposed by Dr John Hartnett where quasars are white holes and the galaxies were formed from matter coming from them. This not only explains the relationship between galaxies and their central black hole but also ready allows for some to stray from the pattern of which NGC 1277 is an extreme example.



------ Charles Creager Jr.

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