By Rita Cheng, Hsu Chih-wei and Y.F. Low
Washington, April 6 (CNA) Ma Chung-pei (馬中珮), a Taiwanese-American
astronomer who played a key role in the recent discovery of a supermassive black hole, said Wednesday that being able to keep her curiosity and interest alive gives her patience and perseverance in her research.
Ma made the comments after the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced earlier in the day that a team of astronomers led by Ma has discovered a black hole weighing as much as 17 billion suns in an unlikely place — the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of space.
While finding a gigantic black hole in a massive galaxy in a crowded area of the universe is to be expected — like running across a skyscraper in Manhattan — it would be much less likely to find one in one of the universe’s “small towns,” NASA said in a statement.mass. [FULL STORY]