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A 27 Year-Old Malaysian PhD Student Discovered a Supermassive Black Hole

Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar is one of the researchers in this discovery.

Astrophysics PhD student Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar is one of the researchers who discovered a hidden supermassive black hole near to the Milky Way. The Muar-born PhD student and her colleagues presented their findings to the American Astronomical Society in USA recently. 

 

Image from American Astronomical Society

 

 

A supermassive black hole is the largest type of black hole in outerspace. The one which was discovered by Adlyka and her team is situated 38 million light years away from the Milky Way, where our solar system is situated. 

 

Adlyka is currently pursuing her PhD in Durham University, focusing on finding supermassive black holes that are surrounded by thick clouds of gas and dust. She is happy to be able to represent Malaysia at the international platform and we're sure all Malaysians are happy for her too.

 

 

Cover image from American Astronomical Society

*Article source: The Malay Mail Online

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