Astronomers discover ‘monster black holes’
Discovery suggests there may be millions more ‘supermassive’ black holes in the universe than were previously thought
An artist’s impression of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant quasar Photo: Zhaoyu Li/Shanghai Astronomical Observatory/PA
Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.
The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more “supermassive” black holes in the universe than were previously thought.
Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic “drains” sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.
High energy X-rays emitted from around the newly identified black holes revealed their presence at the centre of five galaxies.
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