Black holes signal bleak future of the Milky Way

July 8, 2014 11:47 AM

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New research at Sheffield University has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening understanding of the future of the Milky Way.

The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas. As a result, most of the cold gas is expelled from the galaxies - and since it is required to form new stars, this directly affects the galaxies’ evolution.

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