Good morning classmates. Today I'm going to be informing you about a recent scientific discovery, which happened last year on the 28th of November. A team at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy had found the largest recorded black hole, known as a supermassive black hole, at the mass of approximately 17 billion suns. This black hole sits at the centre of a small disc-shaped galaxy, whereas a black hole of this size would have been expected in a far bigger blob-like galaxy.
It is located 220 million light years away from Earth in the galaxy NGC 1277. The NGC 1277 galaxy looks to be around eight billion years old.
The fact that the black hole takes up 14% of its host galaxy rather than less than 1% like most black holes makes it unique. Supermassive black holes are the largest type of black hole and how they are created is widely contested. There are many theories about whether the galaxy or the black hole came first.