Apr 1, 2021

A Gamma-Ray Burst Just Revealed a ‘Goldilocks’ Black Hole in The Early Universe

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Scientists have reported the discovery of a rare, medium-sized black hole that may help answer one of the more tantalizing questions in astronomy: how do their supermassive counterparts come into being?

There are two well-known sizes of black hole — at one end, so-called stellar-class ones which are typically three to ten times the mass of our Sun — and at the other, supermassive ones, found at the center of most galaxies, including the Milky Way, which are millions to billions times heavier.

The newly detected ‘goldilocks’ black hole — about 55000 solar masses — could be a missing link between these two extremes, scientists suggested Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

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