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Release No.: 2017-06
For Release: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

A Middleweight Black Hole is Hiding at the Center of a Giant Star Cluster

In this artist's illustration, an intermediate-mass black hole in the foreground distorts light from the globular star cluster in the background. New research suggests that a 2,200 solar-mass black hole resides at the center of the globular cluster 47 Tucanae.

CfA / M. Weiss

This artist's conception shows another representation of the intermediate-mass black hole that may lurk in the center of the globular cluster 47 Tucanae.

B. Kızıltan & T. Karacan