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A galaxy with *three* supermassive black hole hearts

10 Dec 2019, 14:00 UTC
A galaxy with *three* supermassive black hole hearts NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA)-ESA / Hubble Collaboration / A. Evans (Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville / NRAO / Stony Brook University)

We've known for some time now that at the heart of every big galaxy lies a supermassive black hole. These monsters earn their moniker: They range from millions to many billions of times the mass of the Sun. These beasts form along with their host galaxy, growing huge pretty rapidly from gas in the young galaxy.

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