Definitions

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  • adj. Very or extremely massive.
  • adj. Much larger than usual.

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Examples

  • Earlier this year, NASA reported that the Swift telescope had detected dual black holes, that is, a supermassive blackhole at the center of a galaxy located extremely close to another galaxy with a blackhole at its center--a rarely observed occurrence.

    Black Hole Eats Star: Researchers Detail Astounding Cosmic Occurrence (VIDEO)

  • Most galaxies are thought to harbor central, huge blackholes dubbed supermassive blackholes.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • Over the past decade or two, black holes have been discovered all over the place-small ones peppered around the Milky Way and huge ones, impressively called "supermassive" black holes, lurking the centers of galaxies.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • These two so-called supermassive black holes, which are celestial objects with enormous gravitational pull, are locked in orbit about 5 billion light years away from Earth, the scientists said.

    Signs of the Times

  • The predecessors to black hole formation, objects called supermassive stars, probably started forming within the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang some 14 billion years ago.

    R&D Mag - News

  • Several kinds of black holes exist in the universe, including "supermassive" black holes that appear to be at the center of most or all galaxies - sending out enormous jets of very high-energy gamma rays that can be readily detected.

    Scientists witness the apparent birth of a black hole

  • It is not quite in the middle of M82, where astronomers would expect to find the kind of supermassive central black hole that most other galaxies have.

    Zee News : India National

  • It was already known that "supermassive" black holes at the centre of most galaxies sometimes emit vast amounts of radiation.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Now, the assistant professor of physics and astronomy has received nearly $1.1 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to use computer simulations to study how "supermassive" black holes grow.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • The handful of "first light" images include a yellow and blue orb-like structure that depicts our Milky Way galaxy, home to thousands of black holes - including, at its core, a "supermassive" black hole thought to be as massive as 4 million suns put together.

    Impact Lab

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