Research report 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Giant black hole could upset galaxy evolution models
van den Bosch, Remco; Yildirim, Akin; van de Ven, Glenn; van der Wel, Arjen
Abteilung Galaxien und Kosmologie
SummaryA group of astronomers led by Remco van den Bosch from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has discovered a black hole that could shake the foundations of current models of galaxy evolution. At 17 billion times the mass of the Sun, its mass is much greater than current models predict – in particular in relation to the mass of its host galaxy. This could be the most massive black hole found to date.