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Found! Trio of Huge Black Holes in Distant Galaxy's Core

Charles Q. Choi, Space.com Contributor   |   June 25, 2014 01:01pm ET

Scientists have just discovered a distant galaxy with not one but three supermassive black holes at its core.

The new finding suggests that tight-knit groups of these giant black holes are far more common than previously thought, and it potentially reveals a new way to easily detect them, researchers say. Supermassive black holes millions to billions of times the mass of the sun are thought to lurk at the hearts of virtually every large galaxy in the universe.

Most galaxies have just one supermassive black hole at their center. However, galaxies evolve through merging, and merged galaxies can sometimes possess multiple supermassive black holes.

Astronomers observed a galaxy with the alphabet soup name of SDSS J150243.09+111557.3, which they suspected might have a pair of supermassive black holes. It lies about 4.2 billion light-years away from Earth, about "one-third of the way across the universe," said lead study author Roger Deane, a radio astronomer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.


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Jun. 28th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I heard about this on the news. How exciting! Mind you, I'm even more excited whenever they tell us, as they sometimes do, they've found somewhere that might be capable of having life. ;-) The one time I regret being useless at maths is when I hear exciting news about things astronomical and know you need physics to understand astronomy and you need maths to understand physics.
Jun. 29th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
Yeay, kinda like when you injure a muscle, you promptly find out that you use it for just about everything... Or the comment attributed to John Muir “When one tugs at a single thing in Nature, he finds it hitched to the rest of the Universe.” It's all hooked together.

Wait a bit - the more small planets we can spot, the more we're going to find things of similar size to Earth, many floating in the Goldilocks zone. Now all we need to do is get the Alcubierre "warp" drive working and wheeeeeeee......

Edited at 2014-06-29 06:15 am (UTC)
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