They have found thousands of fainter ones, but this astonishingly bright one had slipped through unnoticed, lead researcher Christopher Onken of ANU said, calling it a very large, unexpected needle in the haystack.
Supermassive black holes (SMBHs), millions to billions of times more massive than the Sun, are typically found in the centre of galaxies.
The unexpected thin disc of material was found encircling a supermassive black hole at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away, according to a Study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The world is finally about to see a black hole — not an artist’s impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing. At six press conferences across the globe scheduled for 1300 GMT on Wednesday,