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44th known Mersenne prime: M32582657

Just like in the case of the 42nd and 43rd known Mersenne prime, The Reference Frame is the only place in the world where you can learn about the newest Mersenne prime before it is officially revealed.

The newly found Mersenne prime by the GIMPS project is

  • 2^{32,582,657} - 1
and it is larger than the previous, 43rd known Mersenne prime. This means that the newest prime above is becoming the largest known prime.

Congratulations to Mike Cobb: but he won't get the $50,000 award yet because the number is shorter than 10 million decimal digits.

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