Massive Black hole in Milky way even bigger than previously thought

Maassive Black hole in Milky way even bigger than previously thought
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Black hole has always fascinated us and scientists. They are one of the most mysterious things in the universe.

Fresh details of the first black hole that was spotted in 1964 have now come up.

The new study suggests that this one is actually a way bigger than it was previously thought to be.

The research has been published in the journal Science. Cygnus X-1 contains the most massive stellar-mass black hole ever detected.

It is 21 times the mass of the sun, which makes it 50 per cent bigger than researchers believed it to be.

The Cygnus X-1 was discovered when a pair of Geiger counters were sent to space aboard a rocket. It is one of the closest black holes to Earth.

What is a black hole?

It’s a place where a large amount of mass has been squeezed into a tiny space. The gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from it.

Cygnus X-1 has a black hole in its system was finally confirmed in 1990. Using a combination of more advanced telescopes and new techniques, researchers were able to measure its mass.

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