Scientists spot black hole so huge it ‘shouldn't even exist’ in our galaxy
Discovery of LB-1, which is ‘twice as massive as anything we thought possible’, forces a rethink of how stars evolve
Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said on Thursday.
LB-1 is 15,000 light years from Earth and has a mass 70 times greater than the sun, according to the journal Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1766-2).
The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar black holes, but LB-1 is twice as massive as anything scientists thought possible, said Liu Jifeng, a National Astronomical Observatory of China professor who led the research...