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Dwarf galaxies give clues to origin of supermassive black holes

January 6, 2014

dwarf galaxy NGC 4395 Poring through data from a large sky survey, astronomers have found more than 100 small, dwarf galaxies with characteristics indicating that they harbor massive black holes feeding on surrounding gas. The discovery may help resolve the question of how such black holes originated and grew in the early universe. Full Story

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