The biggest black hole ever known

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When it was active, NGC 4889’s massive black hole was fuelled by a process known as hot accretion. “When galactic material – such as gas, dust and other debris – slowly fell inwards towards the black hole, it accumulated and formed an accretion disc.” This spinning disc of material was accelerated by the black hole’s immense gravitational pull and heated to millions of degrees. This heated material also expelled gigantic and very energetic jets. At this time, as the black hole has settled, the environment around the NGC 4889 region is “peaceful” enough that “stars are forming from its remaining gas and orbiting undisturbed around the black hole.”

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