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Galaxy Kicks Out Supermassive Black Hole!

A Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy studied by Marianne Heida. The white circle marks the centre of the galaxy and the red circle marks the position of the suspected offset black hole. Image: STScI / NASA

“An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy.

According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast.

The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory).

The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging.”

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