Scientists discovered a “huge black hole” that in theory, shouldn’t exist.
It’s a stellar black hole, this happens after a star dies and explodes. Researchers previously believed that the size limit was no more than 20 times the mass of our sun. Because they lose most of their mass through explosions and gas swept away by stellar winds.
Now, it’s not a theory anymore because of LB-1, the newly discovered black hole. It is located about 15,000 light-years away. It has a mass 70 times greater than our sun, according to a press release from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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The findings were published by Chinese researchers in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Liu Jifeng, head of the team that made the discovery said.
Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution.
LB-1 is twice as massive as what we thought possible. Now theorists will have to take up the challenge of explaining its formation.
They say that LB-1 is not the largest black hole ever discovered but it may be the largest of its kind.