# 51st Mersenne Prime Discovered

via **The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search** (**GIMPS**), comes word of the discovery of the **51st Mersenne Prime**: 282,589,933-1. Discovered by GIMPS software, and executed by GIMPS user Patrick Laroche on a volunteered computer. Simply Outstanding.

"BLOWING ROCK, NC, December 21, 2018 --

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search(GIMPS) has discovered the largest known prime number, 282,589,933-1, having 24,862,048 digits. A computer volunteered by Patrick Laroche made the find on December 7, 2018. Patrick is one of thousands of volunteers using free GIMPS software available at www.mersenne.org/download/." - viaThe Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search(GIMPS)