‘Mini’ monster black hole discovered hiding in a dwarf galaxy

The dwarf galaxy Mrk 462. (Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Dartmouth Coll./J. Parker & R. Hickox; Optical/IR: Pan-STARRS)

A newly discovered “mini” supermassive black hole could help reveal some of the secrets behind the biggest black holes in the cosmos.

Researchers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory recently discovered a monstrous black hole that was “buried” in dust and gas in a dwarf galaxy, according to a statement by the Chandra team. The black hole, which has about 200,000 times the mass of our sun, lies in the center of the dwarf galaxy Mrk 462, and, while it is enormous, it is one of the smallest supermassive black holes ever found.