"Black Hole Milky Way" by Gallery of Space Time Travel / CC BY-SA 2.0

Chinese astronomers discovered a black hole so big it shouldn’t exist according to current science

Nov 29, 2019

By Sinéad Baker

Chinese scientists have discovered a black hole that’s so big it throws into question previous beliefs about how black holes are formed.

The newly discovered stellar black hole, called LB-1, has a mass 70 times that of our sun, China’s Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

The statement noted that scientists had previously believed that an individual stellar black hole — formed when a star collapses — in our galaxy could weigh only as much as 20 times the mass of our sun.

This is because stars are thought to lose their gas as they die and lose mass as a result.

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