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February 21, 1996 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1996-12

Hubble Opens Doorway to Systematic Search for Black Holes

February 21, 1996: Hubble Space Telescope's ongoing black hole hunt has bagged yet another supermassive black hole in the universe. The compact object - equal to the mass of two billion suns - lies at the heart of the edge-on galaxy NGC 3115, located 30 million light-years away in the constellation Sextans.

This result promises to open the way to systematic demographic studies of very massive black holes that might once have powered quasars - objects that are incredibly small, yet release a gusher of light and other radiation.

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Credit: STScI, NASA