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Black hole discovery: Planets 3,000 times the size of Earth could form around black holes

  • January 24, 2021

But now new research, led by Keiichi Wada of Kagoshima University, suggests planets could form around a black hole.

Blanets could form in the same way regular planets which orbit stars do, when a huge mass of gas and dust begins to collect and begin to form in a circular fashion under its own gravitational pull.

While planets form in the dust which collects around stars, blanets would form in the accretion disc – the region around a black hole where gas and dust collect.

However, the research published the online journal arXiv, said an Earth-like blanet could have a mass of up to 3,000 times that of Earth.

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