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X-ray, Optical & Radio Images of PKS 0745
Some of the biggest black holes in the Universe may actually be even bigger than previously thought. This is according to a new survey of 18 of the largest known black holes using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. A group of astronomers studied black holes found in the centers of galaxy clusters that are filled with hot gas. They came up with the new estimates of the black hole masses by looking at the amount of X-rays and radio waves they generate. The researchers found that the black holes in the survey may be about ten times more massive than previously thought. This includes at least ten that could weigh between 10 and 40 billion times the mass of the sun, making them "ultramassive" black holes.
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford/Hlavacek-Larrondo, J. et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)
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X-ray & Optical Images of Abell 2204
The black hole at the center of this galaxy is part of a survey of 18 of the biggest known black holes in the universe. Researchers found that the black holes in the survey may be about ten times more massive than previously thought. This includes at least ten that could weigh between 10 and 40 billion times the mass of the sun, making them "ultramassive" black holes.
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford/Hlavacek-Larrondo, J. et al; Optical: NASA/STScI;)
Fast Facts for Abell 2204:
Credit  X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford/Hlavacek-Larrondo, J. et al; Optical: NASA/STScI;
Release Date  December 18, 2012
Scale  Image is 1.25 arcmin across (about 640,000 light years)
Category  Black Holes, Groups & Clusters of Galaxies
Coordinates (J2000)  RA 16h 32m 47.20s | Dec +05 34' 32.10"
Constellation  Hercules
Observation Date  06 Jun 2007
Observation Time  22 hours 13 min
Obs. ID  7940
Instrument  ACIS
Color Code  X-ray (Purple), Optical (Yellow)
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Distance Estimate  1.89 billion light years z=0.15

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