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A black hole 10 billion times the size of the sun:

Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist — each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.

A team led by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million light years away. That’s relatively close on the galactic scale.

“They are monstrous,” Berkeley astrophysicist Chung-Pei Ma told reporters. “We did not expect to find such massive black holes because they are more massive than indicated by their galaxy properties. They’re kind of extraordinary.”

The previous black hole record-holder is as large as 6 billion suns.

Hah! I bet it feels puny. Probably wheezes and whines “I’ve been sick!”

And why don’t  we have starships right now? There’s a universe that needs exploring.

Come to think of it, the national debt does kind of function as a black hole…

Courtesy of neo-neocon.

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