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NASA Space Science

Smallest Known Black Hole Found 69

smitty777 writes "Adding to the recent black hole discoveries of gas clouds and a quasar accretion disc, Forbes is reporting on a recent discovery by NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) on the smallest known black hole. From the article: 'If the astronomers' calculations are correct, this black hole is located about 16,000 to 56,000 light years away from Earth (a more precise distance hasn't yet been determined). The black hole itself is only about three times the mass of the Sun, which means that the original star was just barely big enough to form a black hole.'"
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Smallest Known Black Hole Found

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 17, 2011 @12:19PM (#38408758)

    Astronomical errata aren't exactly what people turn to Forbes for. I keep waiting for the punch line... Is it a bank? A country that threatens the stability of the Euro? A cell phone manufacturer that bet its future on WP7?

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