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Black Holes Encyclopedia
Stats

Type

Supermassive

Location

In the constellation Virgo

Distance

2 billion light-years (765 megaparsecs)

Mass

Roughly 1 billion times the mass of the Sun

Size

Diameter roughly equal to the size of our solar system

Discovery Methods

Image

3c273

This Hubble Space Telescope image is the best picture to date of 3C 273. A jet of gas (streak at top left) expelled from the accretion disk around the black hole is about 200,000 light-years long. [NASA/ESA]

This document was last modified: March 27, 2017.