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Biggest "Small" Black Hole Discovered
October 22, 2007
The discovery of the largest example of a "small" black hole--one formed from the collapse of a single massive star at the end of its lifetime--has led scientists to reevaluate how black holes come into being, according to a report in the journal Nature.
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