n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Southern African Large Telescope reveals too large a black hole

Volume 74, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Africa's most powerful eye on the sky, has been used to discover a supermassive black hole in the centre of a modest galaxy, SAGE0536AGN. All but the smallest galaxies are thought to harbour black holes, but in this case the black hole was found to be thirty times more massive than what one would have expected for this size galaxy. It leaves scientists scratching their heads in pursuit of an explanation.

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