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Radio Telecopes Reveal Unseen Galactic Cannibalism

June 23, 2008

artist's conception of interacting galaxies Radio-telescope images have revealed previously unseen galactic cannibalism--a triggering event that leads to feeding frenzies by gigantic black holes at the cores of galaxies. Astronomers have long suspected that the extra-bright cores of spiral galaxies, called Seyfert galaxies, are powered by supermassive black holes consuming material; however, they could not see how the material begins its journey tward toward the black hole. Full Story

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