Lower estimates were given by Kormendy and Ho et al. As per the report, the team used ESO's Very Large Telescope on Chile to get the data on the black hole's mass. Holm 15A’s core’s size suggests the black hole it hosts could weigh 100 billion times the mass of our sun – nearly as much as the Milky Way. Astronomers have now spotted a record-breaking heavyweight black hole at the center of a galaxy known as Holm 15A. An ultramassive black hole clocking in at around 40 billion solar masses is at the heart of the galaxy Holm 15A, around 700 million light-years away. We find a supermassive black hole (SMBH) with a mass of (4.0 +- 0.80) x 10^10 solar masses at the center of Holm 15A. [2] This makes it one of the most massive black holes ever discovered, with it being classified as an ultramassive black hole.[5]. The merger between this large galaxy and other members of the cluster is likely to have contributed to the incredible size of the supermassive black hole. This huge size makes the Holm 15A black hole a good candidate for imaging. A follow-up study of the cD galaxy Holm 15A in order to prove whether J004150 is a background source or a bound black hole, which could be tested by optical spectroscopy of J004150. However, the central region of Holm 15A is very diffuse and faint as it spreads about 15,000 light-years across, which made the team suspect that a supermassive black hole might be present. This makes it ‘ultra massive’ rather than simply ‘supermassive’, which is the name for the dark leviathans which are often found at the centre of galaxies. It's 10.4 billion light-years away. stated:[2] "Therefore, we conservatively suggest that Holm 15A hosts an SMBH with a mass of ∼1×1010 M☉." The circumstances that led to the formation of the supermassive black hole in Holm 15A are "probably rare," the researchers said, however it shows black holes of this size can exist. Researchers believe the black hole in Holm 15A is at least 10,000 times as massive as our home galaxy’s black hole. It is roughly twice the size of the record-holding black hole it displaced — the black hole at the centre of galaxy NGC 1277, which is ~11 times as wide as the orbit of Neptune around the sun. Much like stars and planets, black holes also fall into different categories. [2] The paper by Lopez-Cruz et al. have jointed a mass value as high as 310 billion M☉ using the gamma ray point break radius method. Of all the objects astronomers have observed in space over centuries of scientific investigation, black holes are one of the most bizarre and mysterious. Kormendy and Ho et al derived these equations using the M-sigma relation and the size of the outer bulge of the galaxy, which are indirect estimates. We find that the distribution of stellar orbits is increasingly biased toward tangential motions inside the core. The circumstances that led to the formation of the supermassive black hole in Holm 15A are "probably rare," the researchers said, however it shows black holes of this size can exist. In space, black holes appear in different sizes and masses. This is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. The black hole sits in the center of Holm 15A, the brightest galaxy in the cluster of hundreds galaxies called Abell 85, 700 million light-years away. Kormendy and Bender gave a value of 260 billion M☉ in a 2009 paper. Holmberg 15A is a supergiant elliptical galaxy and the central dominant galaxy of the Abell 85 galaxy cluster in the constellation Cetus, about 700 million light-years from Earth. While the black hole at the center of Holm 15A is certainly huge, it is not the most massive ever to be identified. Holm 15A is a central elliptical galaxy within the Abell 85 cluster, which contains more than 500 galaxies. The black hole sits in the center of Holm 15A, the brightest galaxy in the cluster of hundreds galaxies called Abell 85, 700 million light-years away. Scientists used the … ‘This is the most massive black hole with a direct… detection in the local universe,’ the team wrote. Astronomers have discovered an ‘ultra-massive’ black hole that’s one of the largest cosmic colossi ever seen. An ultramassive black hole clocking in at around 40 billion solar masses is at the heart of the galaxy Holm 15A, around 700 million light-years away. The beast of Holmberg 15A (which is also called Holm 15A) is likely to be truly gargantuan. latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and more, Mystery of Utah monolith partially solved, Google Chrome will stop running on millions of Windows PCs in 2022, Rare ‘hole in the sky’ pictured over British town, Unexplained metal monolith appears in Romania days after disappearing from Utah, Alien-hunting ‘GoldenEye’ Arecibo telescope collapses into ruins.