Biggest black hole discovered more massive than people thought
New details of the first black hole that was spotted in 1964 have emerged. According to the new study, the black hole is actually a lot bigger than it was previously known to astronomers.
The notion of a black hole has been around since 1784, when the English clergyman John Michell proposed that a massive enough star could have a heavy enough gravitational field to hold it to light.
“Stars lose mass to their surrounding environment through stellar winds that blow away from their surface,” says Ilya Mandel from Monash University and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). “But to make a black hole this heavy, we need to dial down the amount of mass that bright stars lose during their lifetimes.