Astronomers spot huge black hole in small galaxy

11/28/2012 | ScienceMag.org

A team of astronomers discovered one of the biggest black holes ever spotted, in NGC 1277, a smaller galaxy than the Milky Way. The discovery is surprising as it deviates from the general knowledge that the size of a black hole correlates with the size of a galaxy -- large galaxies have huge black holes and small galaxies harbor little ones. "This is totally not what I was looking for. I was expecting to find really big black holes in really big galaxies," said Remco van den Bosch of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.

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