Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Artist's impression of the clouds scattered by an intermediate mass black hole.

Artist’s impression of the clouds scattered by an intermediate mass black hole. Credit: Tomoharu Oka (Keio University)

Astronomers using the Nobeyama 45-m Radio Telescope have detected signs of an invisible black hole with a mass of 100 thousand times the mass of the Sun around the center of the Milky Way. The team assumes that this possible ‘intermediate mass’ black hole is a key to understanding the birth of the supermassive black holes located in the centers of galaxies.
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