A black hole 12 billion times bigger than the Sun

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This discovery presents a serious challenge to the present knowledge and existing theories about black holes because the amount of matter this black hole has amassed to grow to that unimaginably massive size so rapidly defies the laws of physics. Many alternatives are considered, including one which  supposes that two massive black holes collided into each other during the early stages of the Universe, thus forming a colossal black hole. Professor Xue-Bing Wu, from Peking University in China and US co-author Dr Yuri Beletsky, from the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC led the study reported in the journal Nature.

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