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December 13, 2011

Early Black Holes Grew Big Eating Cold, Fast Food

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology have discovered what caused the rapid growth of early supermassive black holes -- a steady diet of cold, fast food. Supermassive black holes are the largest black holes, with masses billions of times larger than that of the sun. Typical black holes have masses only up to 30 times larger than the sun's. We now have new research on how these formed. And since when a galaxy forms when a black hole forms, the results could also shed light on how the first galaxies formed, giving more clues to how the universe came to be.


Posted by zachrk at December 13, 2011 08:27 PM


What do they mean by cold, fast food?

Posted by: charwei at December 17, 2011 05:07 PM

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