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ESO telescope spots galaxies trapped in the web of a supermassive black hole

1 Oct 2020, 14:45 UTC
ESO telescope spots galaxies trapped in the web of a supermassive black hole ESO

With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole when the Universe was less than a billion years old. This is the first time such a close grouping has been seen so soon after the Big Bang and the finding helps us better understand how supermassive black holes, one of which exists at the centre of our Milky Way, formed and grew to their enormous sizes so quickly. It supports the theory that black holes can grow rapidly within large, web-like structures which contain plenty of gas to fuel them.

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