Astronomers have spotted one of this supermassive blackhole. It was found inside a tiny galaxy 157 light-years away and about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way.
The important part will be to see if the team can find more black holes like it, and that’s something they’re already starting to work on after the discovery inside of galaxy M60-UCD1.
“It’s very much like a pinprick in the sky,” said lead researcher Anil Seth, an astrophysicist at the University of Utah, of M60-UCD1 during an online press briefing Tuesday (Sept. 16).
Seth said that he realized something unique was happening when he saw the plot for stellar motions inside of M60-UCD1, based on statistics from the Gemini North Telescope located in Hawaii.