Hole-some research


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It is as massive as 1.2 billion Suns and surrounded by an 800-lightyear-wide disk of ionized gas and dust moving at speeds up to 1.67 million km/hr. But you can't see it—at least not in the usual ways—because it is compressed into a space the size of a thumbnail.

The third black hole ever confirmed by astronomers has been discovered by Johns Hopkins graduate student Laura Ferrarese, Hopkins astronomer Holland Ford, and Leiden University astronomer Walter Jaffe. The team announced its discovery on Dec. 4 in Paris at the European Space Agency's “Science with Hubble Space Telescope II” conference.