Steve Beauchamp from InternetcomGroup, based in Centerville, Ohio, discovered these huge black holes in the nearby galaxy. It might be human waste that created the tiny black holes.
A black hole is a region of space in a massive galaxy where gravity is so strong that nothing can escape.
It can be located in an empty spot in an otherwise empty area of space.
It has masses that dwarf anything else in the galaxy, with a potential mass of a trillion times the mass of the sun.
If you could enter a black hole and get inside, it would swallow the entire Milky Way galaxy.
So why is it called “black hole”, and not a star?
Because, from the Milky Way’s point of view, it doesn’t matter what happens inside a black hole.
But a star can still be eaten – it just would not be a star in the same way it would be in a black hole.
In this case, it is the matter that forms the star that could get consumed by a black hole.
In fact, a small group of star-forming black holes appear once every few thousand years. The latest discovery was made 10,000 light years away in the nearby stellar cluster M74.
The black holes are known as “black lumps”.
“The vast majority of the matter caught up in a large galaxy can be cannibalized without inflicting permanent damage to the satellite galaxies. There have always been a handful of galaxies with such intergalactic black holes,” Gary Mumford, from the University of Edinburgh, has said.
“But such objects are rare. Scientists have only recently discovered them, and only using new techniques,” Mumford says.
Similar findings have been made in galaxy M41 — but to a lesser extent — whilst another may have been previously discovered but never confirmed.