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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes In Inactive Galaxy 45

William Robinson (875390) writes "The Astronomers at XMM-Newton have detected a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an inactive galaxy. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. And a pair of black holes is indication of strong possibility that the galaxies have merged. Finding black holes in quiescent galaxies is difficult because there are no gas clouds feeding the black holes, so the cores of these galaxies are truly dark. It can be only detected by this 'tidal disruption event'."
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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes In Inactive Galaxy

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  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @01:42PM (#46834727) Homepage

    As we understand galaxy formation better, galaxy mergers are an increasingly important topic.

    Unfortunately, as always happens in such things, after the merger many stars will lose their jobs as the galaxies try to cut costs. They may also decide to outsource some of the jobs of the current stars to neighboring galaxies, and some existing customers might get screwed over as they decide to get rid of product lines the larger galaxy isn't interested in.

    Mostly these things benefit the big giant holes running things.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison