Based on further studies from the discoveries and images from the past several years, scientists think it’s safe to assume that this black hole is no longer active.
Though currently dormant, scientists believe the black hole in NGC 4889 may have once emitted up to a thousand times the energy currently emitted by the Milky Way Galaxy.
While it’s so massive that it’s hard to even image, the black hole in NGC 4889 isn’t even the largest black hole out there.
Though it’s near the top of the list, and while NGC 4889 is an easy to study, thus providing us with more clues about how black holes work, the black hole in question is only estimated to be the fifth largest black hole on record.
The largest known black hole in the quasar S5 0014+81 is estimated to be 40 billion times the mass of our Sun.
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Both fascinating and disturbing, it’s easy to understand why black holes continue to amaze any of us who take the time to look up at the night sky and wonder what’s out there. Scary as they may seem, however, it’s good to remember that no black hole poses any immediate threat to life here on Earth, regardless of what some people may claim.
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