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11-30-2012, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Plan The Parade View Post
Are there any stars that are big enough to go supernova and cause a black hole of this size? This seems very unprecedented.

It also makes you realize that, if a black hole appeared anywhere close to our solar system, we are screwed (unless nuking black holes works).
Nope. It's thought that the upper limit for star formation is 150 solar masses. A 265 solar mass star has been observed, though given the circumstances of its location, collisions and potentially a merging of a close binary partner likely played a part in its grotesque size

Keep in mind that black holes can feed and merge with one another. The real question is how it managed to gobble up as much as it did

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