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A supermassive black hole discovered by University of Texas researchers ranks among the largest ever observed.

The enormous black hole is located in NGC 1277, a small, lenticular galaxy 250 million light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, reports.

The black hole’s event horizon — the “point of no return” within which nothing can escape — has a diameter 11 times greater than Neptune’s orbit around the Sun, according to a written statement issued by the university’s McDonald Observatory in Austin.



Galaxy NGC 1277, shown here in a Hubble Space Telescope image, may contain the

largest black hole ever discovered.


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