Astronomers reported this week that they may have spotted the signature of one of the largest black holes ever detected, a cosmic giant with the mass of about 30 billion suns. A supermassive black hole located in part of the Abell 1201 galaxy cluster was detected using a combination of gravitational lensing and supercomputer simulations. First, astronomers observed how images of other, more distant objects seen by the Hubble Space Telescope were distorted by vast gravitational wells produced by black holes. They compared the images to thousands of supercomputer-generated simulations and found that simulations involving supermassive black holes matched real-world images. This work was reported in the monthly journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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