Two black holes most massive ever found, astronomers say
Stars move in the central regions of an elliptical galaxy that has a supermassive black hole, according to an artist's concept.
December 5th, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Two black holes most massive ever found, astronomers say

Black holes: They're the most destructive monsters in the universe. We already knew they can be powerfully massive. Now scientists say they've found the most massive ones yet, as reported in the journal Nature.

How big?

The mass of each is about 10 billion times the mass of our sun. The previous black hole record holder, first measured in 1977, has a mass of about 6 billion suns.

And for each black hole, the "event horizon" - basically areas from which nothing can escape their gravity - is about five times the distance between our sun and Pluto.

"We started this search several years ago," said black hole hunter Chung-Pei Ma of the University of California, Berkeley. Using Hawaii's huge Keck telescope, and the Gemini and McDonald observatories, Ma says her team "targeted the biggest galaxies in the nearby universe because the biggest galaxies are most likely to host the most massive black holes."

One of the newly found black holes is 320 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Leo, and the other is 336 million light-years away toward the constellation Coma Berenices.

The awesome, overwhelming power behind black holes has captured the fascination of the astronomy world for generations, including great scientific minds such as Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. Their mass is so large they create gravity powerful enough to suck in stars, planets and even light. Some experts suspect black holes may be doors that lead to other galaxies or even alternative universes although it has not been proven.

Black holes abound in early universe

Up close, black holes would be invisible to the eye until they're ripping apart a nearby star or destroying a solar system. Then, said black hole specialist Janna Levin, they look like tornadoes.

Black holes can make sounds in the silence of space when their gravitational waves hit the Earth, Levin said.

Kip Thorne, professor emeritus at California Institute of Technology, offered some ideas in his 1993 book, "Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy," which made him famous in black hole circles.

"He's actually working on a Hollywood movie right now with Steven Spielberg,"  Ma says. "Thorne says if you were to fall into a black hole, the difference between the gravity near your feet and near your head would be so powerful that you'd be torn apart.

"You could try to curl yourself up into a ball, to reduce that gravity difference, but eventually you'd just get torn up."

The discovery underscores what Ma says is one of the many big questions vexing black hole hunters. How do black holes grow? Do the most powerful ones gain mass differently from lesser ones? Is there a limit to how massive black holes can be? Are these newly discovered black holes at the top of the heap?

"We could be near the top," she says. "We should continue observing to see if these black holes are the biggest, or if they're just the tip of an iceberg.  Right now we're not sure."

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  1. raven curtis

    Is it true that when you step on Pluto you will fall in the black hole

    December 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  2. ken archer

    if make a whirl pool with your hand in the pool by cuffing your palm of hand smacking the water with straight down blunt force you see the whirlpool hatch from the velocity and force from the impact, but if you stick your finger in the hole it stops by connecting all sides of the whirlpool the enter it you could ride the wall with the flow of current through center fom top it appears to be a black hole but the oyher side ends in like funnel shooting you through time space faster than light if you had a ship to use you could use it for more speed .the blackhole in space is created the same way as whirlpool but with the impact of a massive air wave from a exploding star so theres nothing on otherside of black hole's its more like a warp tunnel to get further in space at less than half the time right ?

    February 28, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  3. wildbriz

    Big bang, matter spreads creating the universe, matter attracts matter eventually forming black holes. The universe becomes consumed by black holes, black holes attract black holes and form one singular black hole. Black hole explodes creating the universe and it all stars over again....well at least that's what my hampster told me.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  4. Ironsides

    When a black hole fills up with matter to a point, does it explode and create another universe?

    January 2, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  5. scott ryan

    HOW BLACK HOLES FORM.

    Black holes only form where mass is.

    every galaxy has a black hole in the centre of the massive mass / centre. do black holes form from massive mass?

    seen as i have know idea about black holes. are there any black holes away from stars / mass?

    if there is, do they go away after a small time.

    it seams that the force of mass, or a massive force makes black holes appear / come.

    I do remember a long time ago someone said a massive star blowing up, formed a black hole, but it went away shortly after that.

    mass is also force. i could see how that would be right. if a star did blow up with that much force = mass, let alone mass near by, it would form a black hole, but if the massive force goes away, the black hole will to. this is why most black holes are in the centre of galaxy's.

    well the black holes in the centre will stay for a very long time to the others in the milky way. there can not be any or many near the edge of a galaxy. but if there are any just out of the centre, they will be smaller and the more away from the centre, the smaller they will be. as long as they have finished eating.

    Without mass, black holes would not be.

    also as the stars go around the black hole, that would also put force on the black hole that it loves / needs

    December 30, 2011 at 3:36 am |
  6. a realist

    Wow....what a waste of time money and resources. None of this matters to anyone in the real world. Why can't people spend this money helping a worthy cause? Curing cancer....find a cure for aides or even just feed some starving children. None of this research will ever amount to anything to help solve world problems.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Josh

      Because there is no money in Cures only treatments! If they could make a pill for $5 that would let you live to 100 without any disease no one would get rich!! The money is in treatment you know $30 pills you have to take everyday for the rest of your life.. Making people healthy is just like doing away with crime if you did you would cripple our feeble archaic world. keep looking at the stars
      Oh yeah, there is a cure for AIDS look at Magic Johnson who has had AIDS for like 20 years.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  7. Frank Wilson

    As an alternative to some of the previous comments about the relationship between science and religion, let me post the following suggestion (my wife's, actually): The two supermassive black holes should be baptized (or atleast nicknamed) "Leonard" and Sheldon". (With apologies to the wriers and producers of _The Big Bang Theory_.)

    December 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  8. B

    Reading some of the comments on this is a clue to the limitations we humans have in dealing with the mindless that are outnumbering everyone else on the planet. It will ultimately determine our destiny and ability to finally understand the universe.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Josh

      Nice! Good post

      December 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  9. Mike

    If it were possible I would love to see a massive bucket of paint thrown on one so we could look at the actual shape of the thing.

    Apart from that, I wouldn't give you a nickel to be the atom at the dead center of one of these things. The job that atom does makes Atlas, Hulk, Superman and others look positively WEAK!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  10. Jon

    Kip Thorne is actually a scientist at Caltech....not at Berkely.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  11. Severhead

    Some interesting theories proposed on here. The idea of "what is the universe" always perplexed me. Just reading through here I was thinking a what if. Sincwe the guys theory at the top about a universal recycling machine fails to explain expansion in all directions, it would seem more plausible of having a closed universe in which has a theoretical center. The universe expanded from this center point in all directions, but at some point will be overcome not only by gravity back to the center but also the differential of "what is beyond the edge". Think of it as being in a balloon. The universe (everything inside the ballon) is blowing up...but as the latex of the balloon stretches it creates a more resistive force. At some point this will overcome with the help of the center of the universes gravity....flinging everything back to the center to be swallowed up......and big bang again....and repeat. Hmmm.......

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  12. Eric

    So that would explain why our galaxy is moving towards the constellation “Leo” at an astounding 390 KM per second or about 872,000 MPH

    December 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  13. Timbo

    That's some dust-devil!!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  14. jason

    Our universe is just an atom in somebody else's world. Sucks to be tiny.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  15. Christian

    I'm honestly surprised by the sloppiness of this article. In particular, Kip Thorne is at Caltech, not UCB. Do most people reading this article care? Probably not. But this is basic information a journalist should get right, if not for the sake of showing proper respect to the guy (like figuring out where he actually works) and his work place (which provided him an environment to succeed to his fullest).

    December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  16. Anomic Office Drone

    It never ceases to amaze me how desperate people are to politicize everything. I guess it's their way of showing the world they need their party to tell them what to think.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  17. JomodaMusicMan

    but he use to brag

    December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  18. Tr1Xen

    "Two black holes most massive ever found, astronomers say"

    Is one of them between our president's ears?

    December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  19. SoulTrain1946

    They can bleach those, ya know.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  20. Aphonopelma

    Dang, both are too far away for their gravitational pull to yank all the repubtards and libtards out of the USA. Sure would be a better place for all of us centered citizens.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Josh

      Awesome!!

      December 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  21. Kat

    You should have to answer a math questions before being able to post comments on this blog.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      This. A thousand times this.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  22. Mr. Myxlptlkx

    What could possibly clog up a black hole of this magnitude? Only THE ENORMOUS DEAD ANIMAL ON TOP OF DONALD TRUMPS' HEAD!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • palintwit

      How about all of the teabagger's misspelled protest signs ?

      December 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Jimmy

      zip.......

      December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  23. dave

    How come some articles let you post without an account?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  24. buhbye $$

    I thought this was a story about how our tax dollars keep "disappearing" and we keep having "shortages".

    December 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Josh

      That would be the George Bush Biography...

      December 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  25. Bruno

    Great! The economy's in the crapper; we're in wars that will never end; O'Bama will be in office taking vacations forever. How refreshing to hear that we've found the black hole which will eventually consume us!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • palintwit

      FYI... GWB holds the record for the most vacation time taken by any sitting president.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Singularity

      No i think the sun will do it first.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  26. Goatse Guy

    This doesn't impress me, I've seen bigger

    December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  27. stuey1226

    I may be wrong but how can a black hole lead to other universes ... I thought the entire point of a universe is that encompasses everything so it cant be other universes because where ever it goes would then in turn be apart of the "one" universe.

    The universe according to the dictionary is: the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • dave

      There can possibly be a multiverse of other universes, our universe is just the dimensions accessible to us. Some say this is the only way to explain the gravity because it leaks in from somewhere else, something like it's 11x stronger than any other force.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Josh

        Actually electromagnetism is stronger..

        December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  28. Dave

    After smoking too much pot, heres my theory.. Black holes are really just grounds, as in negative (that's why it's a one way street) and the outer edge of the universe is possibly the positive. So our universe is kinda like a battery and they are wired in series with others.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  29. Nubadopofloposhopolopolis

    "Black hoes: They're the most destructive monsters in the universe."

    Agreed.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  30. txw0091

    I thought the largest one was OJ287 which was found in 2009 and weighed in at 18 billion suns. Make up your mind people.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  31. oilfeilds

    aww the wonders of our creator , some times he lets us peer into his creations far away

    December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  32. JihadJoe

    I discovered two large black holes years ago, the democrates and the Republicans, both huge black holes.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  33. james

    Nobody wants to focus on the actual topic of the article? How utterly predictable!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  34. Sad State

    It is truly sad that most people (as witnessed by the comments preceding) just don't find the awe or beauty in the natural environment that surrounds them. From the very life-giving nature of our own planet – so easily forgotten and sacrificed for greedy personal gain; to the pure amazement at so much in space that we have yet to discover. I wish it were the reverse. That people's minds were not fascinated by Dancing With The Stars BUT WITH THE REAL STARS IN OUR SKY. This is why things have gotten so bad. There's no imagination; no curiosity; no desire to seek answers...just selfishness.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Josh

      Love this post!!!

      December 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  35. John B

    I'm tired of "artist's renderings". Show us what YOU saw.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Sean

      The theory states that can't see black holes because no light reflects off of them. Hence they can't capture an image of something that doesn't emit any light to capture an image from. Hence the reason it's always a rendering.

      Also, they have never officially proven or scientifically measured an actual black hole, it's all mathematics and theory to explain the phenomena around what they "think" is a black hole.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Kat

      What they "saw" is likely numbers or plotted lines on a computer screen interpreted from data collected by a radio telescope. Having to explain how that proves the validity of the observation to a general audience would be an exercise in futility.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  36. Me

    This is about as useful as me announcing I discovered some junk in my back yard..except I don't get paid for discovering that...

    December 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • jack

      It's interesting to scientists and other intellectuals.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  37. Byrd

    They should name them RNC and DNC. They're the blackest holes in the known Universe.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  38. NOT MY CHAIR

    Some experts suspect black holes may be doors that lead to other galaxies or even alternative universes although it has not been proven... no they dont.
    i love astronomy but stuff like black hole and saying that they found a planet with water on it...its just educated guess with out any real evidence. basically self fulfilling prophecies. is it cool? yea it is, but it doesn't seem like that great of a find when we can't even prove that they exist

    December 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Kat

      Black holes have been observed. Just because the observations aren't made in the visual spectrum doesn't me we don't have definitive proof they exist. Similarly, the planet just announced has been directly observed because it cast a shadow from it's star, and we can tell its mass by the wobble it causes in the star's rotation. Assuming it has water is indeed a guess, but it's an extremely informed hypothesis (being the right distance from its star to keep liquid water), and with enough observation with a variety of instruments we should be able to detect the composition of its atmosphere (through analysis of absorption lines in its spectrum, etc.). Just because you're not convinced, doesn't mean the science isn't valid.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Singularity

      I agree with you on the part of black holes being worm holes, but Europa, a Jupiter Moon, is confirmed to have a ton of ice on it, and is being looked at as being the only known celsetial body with water on it.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  39. palintwit

    Astronomers at the Sarah Palin Galactic Observatory / Bait Shop have determined that just as no light will be emitted from a black hole, no intelligence will be emitted from the GOP.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  40. Stee

    Looky here, Professor FancyPants, we don't do "the science" here in 'Merica, and if your godless commie butt don't like it, you can giiiiiiiit out!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  41. John D

    My understanding is that you wouldn't get "ripped apart" near the event horizon of an extremely massive black hole like the one described in the article.

    The larger the black hole, the smaller the tidal differential would be between your head and your feet if you came up on the event horizon. For reasons I'm unable to articulate at the moment, that makes sense.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  42. Bravo

    Black Holes are what facilitate the Big Bang Theory, and they do so by continually growing and absorbing matter until there is nothing left in the universe but one singularity, the culmination of all things in the universe. Eventually this point explodes in one massive explosion and the universe is once again at square one. This cycle just continues.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • John D

      That's not even close to being right.
      Black holes aren't that exotic; for most purposes, they work the same way as any other mass in the universe.

      If the sun turned at this second into a solar mass black hole, the Earth and planets would continue in their present orbits as though nothing had happened.
      The practical difference would be that the sun's mass would be highly compact, and you could therefore get much closer to it than you can right now (solar gravity [and this is the case with anything else] is strongest at the surface).

      Gravity's a force that varies with distance AND mass. The closer you get to a mass, the stronger the gravity is. That's why a black hole can exist at pretty much any mass.

      So, there's thing 1: black holes aren't really all that special.

      Thing 2 is that black holes evaporate over time. That's something Stephen Hawking figured out, somehow. I don't know the details.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
      • Kat

        The evaporation is due to "Hawking radiation". In a vacuum (i.e. space everywhere), quantum particles are constantly coming into existence and immediately annihilating with their anti particles in less than a planck interval (the shortest measurable unit of time). This doesn't really affect anything except black holes, because the particle pairs will form on opposite sides of the event horizon; since one partner "forms" inside the black hole and can't escape, it can't annihilate its partner on the other side, so the partner survives (as long as its not itself sucked into the black hole, and if it's traveling fast enough away–determined randomly, it won't). The energy for that surviving particle (because E=mc^2) actually leaches from inside the black hole, and because mass is energy, the mass of the black hole is reduced by a tiny amount. Since this is happening all over the surface area of a black hole all the time, it adds up to a significant amount of mass loss over time, and if there isn't new matter to feed into to counter-act it, the black hole with eventually evaporate (and this is why tiny black holes that might form in colliders here on Earth aren't a threat–they can't live long at all at those tiny masses because they are immediately eaten up by Hawking radiation).

        December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  43. Jon

    Just a correction: Einstein was never inspired by black holes - He didn't even think they existed! He was a stubborn old man who didn't believe the predictions of his own theory. In fact, very few believed the prediction that black holes exist until we actually started seeing black holes about a decade ago. Its a good reminder that sometimes our theories are more true than we have courage to believe.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      blakc holes are still a theory the last i heard

      December 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Kat

        Nope, not a theory. They have been confirmed. They can be observed indirectly with gravitational lensing (black holes are massive enough to warp space time–so do stars too–so that the light behind the black hole bends around and looks "smooshy" for lack of a better word, around the edges), as well as discs of rotating stars that swirl around a center point, which is like watching water flow into a drain but you can't see the drain, you can infer it.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Paganguy

      You could not see a black holes for two reasons. 1, Black means no energy. 2 Black Holes don't exist.
      These "Scientists" are just perpetuating their carriers with hocus pocus.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Kat

        OMG people, the staggering ignorance on this discussion board makes me physically ill–for the love of all that's great and good, pick up a book once in awhile! Watch PBS or Discovery...look stuff up on wikipedia if you must, but this information is readily available, don't just bash science because you're too lazy to relieve you're own ignorance...okay, calming down....

        Black holes do have energy, massive amounts of it. They are black because the energy can't escape from inside. As everyone knows, E=mc^2, which means that mass is related to energy (they are interchangeable with the right transformations). Black holes are formed naturally when very massive stars collapse (or galactic cores, on an even larger scale), during a supernova. Part of the mass of the star will explode into space, and the rest collapses in on itself, forming a point (the fancy term is singularity). The mass doesn't go anywhere, it's still there, it just exists inside an infinitismally small space. Any other matter that gets near it will get sucked in and join the other mass. Black holes aren't just a point though, because they have an event horizon–which is a volume of space underneath which (towards the singularity) no light or matter can escape–it's not yet sucked in yet, but it's irreversibly on its way. It's called a "black" hole simply because no light can escape from the event horizon.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Singularity

        It's funny, in a formal news article the discussions are just plan retarded. But on yahoo the answers look like a formal essay. I think this discussion board is stupid. Forget space? We are a black hole? Republicans? UGH. Think about this. We explored Earth when we had problems in Asia and Europe, we would be dead now if we were a black hole, and I hate Republcians too, but i doubt he is billions of kilometers wide.

        September 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  44. bill

    the u.s.CONGRESS is a black hole,always taking,never giving back

    December 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  45. Sluggo

    I read this article while playing my Soundgarden CD.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  46. Chris G

    If I'm not mistaken, wasn't the mass of black hole OJ287 calculated at 14 billion solar masses? That would make these two findings rank #2 and #3.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • palintwit

      Let me look that up in my "Handbook of Black Holes" co-authored by Sarah Palin and Stephen Hawking.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  47. DuoMax

    I thought this was an article on Greece and Italy's bailouts...

    December 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • jack

      good one. made me laugh.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Panther

      Too funny!

      December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  48. JD

    OK, one belongs to Nancy Pelosi whose is the other one?

    December 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • George

      I knew I wouldn't have to look very far to find some idiot who would put a political spin on this. And imagine my surprise when it was the very first post I read.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • majestic

        George. My sentiments exactly. Goofball fools who don't understand the greatness of universe discoveries.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • widow

        well that is great!!!! I am all for exploration.. but as usual we are ahead of ourselves... big deal... we found some blackholes...maybe it will be of benefit to people 10 generations ahead in 2200... We have soooo many serious issues now with cancer, health issues, not to mention the financial mess and yet we spend billions and billions looking up at the stars. wouldn't we be better served saving that $$$ and actually saving lives with it? then when we have our planet and the human race and animals/plants more under control health wise and the world financially we can go and aggressively pursue the universe... if one life is priceless and the billions can be used to save thousands around the world.. why i ask are we trying to understand the universe when we don't have things figured out on our own planet!! it just seems very very stupid to me.. I am all for exploring but not at the financial costs in current use.. i read the US just spent something in the hundreds of millions for a project that will never leave the ground b/c of guaranteed $$$.. hundreds of millions.. how many lives would that save around the world? maybe one of them would cure cancer.. but we will never know b/c we spend billions looking at a friggin hole in the sky..awesome!!!!

        December 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • Kat

        We aren't spending billions and billions looking at stars. Millions sure, not billions. Sending rovers to Mars is expensive, so maybe you're thinking about that, but still, it's all a tremendous bargain in the long run. If we didn't bother to fund theoretical physics back in the twenties, we would have no internet, no computers, no cell phones, and more to your point about curing cancer, no MRI machines, no tomography, no CAT scans, and no radiation treatments. What will we miss out on in the future if we don't fund basic science? Give it a little more thought next time, please.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • jordan

        It is rather sickening is not not ?
        This is a post for science and exploration.And we humans should be learning more and advancing our knowledge.I am glad we have such good science in my lifetime.I am now 55 and we have come so far in science since I was a child and looked at the sky and wondered "What is it all about " ?

        December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Hoole

        Relax dude, life is too short. It's just a joke.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Singularity

        TO widow,
        U mad? I mean seriously, the sun will swallow Earth up in 5 billion years, look how far we have gotten in existing in the other 5 billion. By the time we finish all of that the sun would have evaporated all our water and we would just be back where we started.

        September 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Superdeeduper

      Donald Trump

      December 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Paganguy

        Donald takes up both of them

        December 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Reddragon

      PALIN

      December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • onlysolutionshere

      oooooohhhhh snap!

      December 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • dan

      Nancy's for sure but other one is split between Donald Trump and newt the grinch

      December 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • WaitWhat?

      The other ones belongs you to your mom.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • manyote

      This blog is about outer space. The Bash a Democrat one is 3 doors down and to your LEFT.
      But to answer your question, it's yo momma.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • manyote

      Yo momma.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • comeon

      One is Kanye's and the other belongs to the Kardiashians

      December 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • TruAmeriKan

      Hillary Clinton!!!

      December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • aa

      Hilary

      December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      under your nose

      December 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • spellwizard

      Obviously, the other is the Republican party as a whole!!!

      December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • JomodaMusicMan

      NEWT

      December 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Michael in Ohio

      John Boehner, or the Tea Party collectively.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • James

      one belongs to Nancy Pelosi whose is the other one belongs to Diane Fienstien

      December 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Watcher

      It says BlACK HOLE not BIG hole

      December 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • menage-a-trois

      john boehner

      December 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Jorge

      Maybe it belongs to Harry Reid!

      December 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • midwestbilly

      Newt?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  49. Jas

    "Two black holes most massive ever found.." – Pakistan and Afghanistan?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  50. Keel Hauler

    For God's sake, don't let Spielberg near any movie ideas! He'll have cute little pink aliens crawling out of the black hole, two 2 kids trying to help them escape from the most stereotypically-sadistic government imaginable, and the worst acting you've ever seen. It's one of the great evil travesties of the universe that Speilberg is considered a great movie maker. His movies are mind-numbingly stupid, reek of implausible action sequences, and spit in the very face of physics. He SUX! And he has no business whatsoever with his hot wife Kate Capshaw. She must be the dumbest chick on the planet.

    December 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • robotnic

      Since it's clear you have no interest in attending Spielberg movies, why would you care whether he makes a movie or what it's about? Maybe you should stick to more realistic movies, perhaps something with the Muppets in it.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • suesark

        LOL!

        December 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • JoJo

      They are movies, they are not real........

      December 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Steven Spielberg

      Mane chu doo whatchu talkin bout foo? Have you even seen Saving Private Ryan? STFU

      December 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • mb2010a

      Whatever, dude...the movies he's making and has made have made him incredibly rich. Hence, the HOT wife, get it?

      December 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Mark C

      Yeah - why would she be with a successful, rich, famous guy like him? I'm sure any woman would prefer some randome Internet j3rkoff like you, posting from your mother's basement.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • SuspendYourBelief

      I think you read a little tooooo much into the recent Entertainment Weekly magazine....beyond that all I have to say is: DUDE! IT'S SCIENCE FICTION.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • ME

      Yeah, the "Kate Capshaw" line pretty much makes it obvious what your real complaint with Spielberg is 😉

      /NTTAWWT she is quite yummy

      December 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  51. bcares

    Maybe the outer extremities of our universe is actually one massive black hole . . . and instead of the "big bang" theory stating we are an expanding universe, we were actually torn apart and are being sucked into this massive black hole!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Idk

      My opinion based on theoretical physics. Two black holes hundreds of millions of miles apart, circling one another like a do-nut with two breaks in the circle. One capturing everything in the event horizon and "sucking" it into the worm hole. All the particles burst or "bang" out the other end, gravity, dark matter, and dark energy reassembles the particles into millions of solar systems for billions of years until the edge of the Universe reaches the opposite event horizon and the Universe speeds up and gets gobbled up by the second black hole. It's a big Universe recycling system. Repeating and Repeating eternally.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • JB

        I love that explanation. Simple and plausible.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
      • grnhole

        Good comment. I've often thought about the same thing you've mentioned; if there's a conservation of mass, it seems logical and simple to apply that thought to the entire universe.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Mark C

        You know as much theoretical physics as my dog does French literature.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • AdamG

        Genius!

        December 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Idk

        That must be one smart dog.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • CSN

        I recently learned that some physicists believe that when massive stars supernova, the resulting black hole consumes a ton of matter in the surrounding area, and actually feeds this matter through a fourth dimension into an alternative universe. They proposed that this might actually have been how the big bang was initiated... by a massive supernova in an alternative universe. This also follows the law of conservation of energy, so it may be plausible I suppose.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • @IDK

        Its a cute theory. However, science has only detected black holes. Although white holes have been theorized, not one has been discovered. The thing is, that white holes should be far easier to see than black holes because they would be streaming matter and energy like mad. The problem with this concept though is that the black hole is not a "HOLE". Its called a hole because the gravity there is so intense that light cannot escape. Matter doesn't escape TO anywhere...it simply continues to get sucked in and causes the black hole to increase in size and mass.
        We have not seen any black hole reach 'critical mass' and explode... One theory is that the Big Bang was a black hole from a prior universe that did. So you may have to wait til the end of the universe for that black hole to explode again, and for all that matter and energy sucked in to "recycle".

        December 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • matt

        Unfortunately for you theory, we've recorded the universe expanding in every direction, so every thing is expanding away from everything else (think of how stuff flies away during an explosion. We also don't see matter being transported or disappearing as we would from a worm hole, but instead just see it all spreading out, faster and faster. Infact, we can still use radio telescopes to see some of the earliest energy in existence at the fringes of the known universe (cosmic background radiation). It's all still there, just spreading out more and more.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Chris R

        Cute theory but it doesn't jib with current observable data. Specifically the continued acceleration of the expansion of the universe.

        December 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • matt

      then we wouldn't see the cosmic background radiation.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Steele

    Calm down everyone. It is just Obama and his old lady!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • JoJo

      Tea Bag Party , right ?

      December 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • John

        Better than urine soaked OWS protesters... 😉

        December 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • JB Cal

      Wow! Your brain must be a black hole of ignorance from which no intelligent thought can escape.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • toot

        Brilliant.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • roadkill

      NOOO....it's Black Hole NOT Black Ho

      December 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  53. IPostedThis

    Republicans and Corporate big shots?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  54. AL

    2 black holes? There goes the neighborhood...

    December 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Rodeoguy

      And why are they called black holes anyway, why not white holes?

      December 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Stephen Hawking

        Because they are black!

        December 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • CT

        Just another form of oppression...

        December 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • Singularity

        well apparently white holes spit stuff out. Wait dont black holes spit matter out when it can't eat all of it. idk. apparently if you can survive singularity (I doubt unless you want to be the talllest person in the universe) then you go out an exit, a white hole. Both of them combined equals wormhole

        September 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  55. vperez

    wow you guys need to go get a life !!!!! :p

    December 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  56. JesusWasALiar

    I like black holes... taste yummy..

    December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  57. Maximus

    2 massive black holes found.......and they both have the last name Kardashian

    December 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • The Mad Hatter

      No, they said black holes, not butt holes !

      December 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • MadMan

        Bwaaaahaaahaaa....Thats funny. I thought I was the only one noticing their a$$es getting bigger. This is where all the matter being sucked up by black holes ends up.....It's gotta go somewhere right?

        December 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  58. Mark from Louisiana

    Are both of them in the white house?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • tzvikF

      I thought one was called "The Senate" and the other is called "The House".

      December 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  59. terre08

    Let me guess, where they found inside of Bachmann's and Perry's heads?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Anon

      I can't help but point out here that you mispelled "were".

      December 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • uberzabor

        I can't help but to point out that you misspelled HIS misspelling.

        December 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • Stephen Hawking

        I can't help but to point out that "Uberzabor" misspelled nothing at all. Good job. lol

        December 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  60. Damien

    OK, Herman Cain's one, who's the other?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • lolololol

      Obummer

      December 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • mb2010a

      Newt...

      December 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • aa

      second one is "obama'

      December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
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