Giant Black Hole Reveals Cool, Dusty Surprise in Active Galaxy

June 20, 2013 12:18 PM

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In the center of an active galaxy, a huge black hole consumes matter from its surroundings. Now, ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer has gathered the most detailed observations ever of the space dust around this massive black hole, revealing unprecedented details about the dust and showing scientists a little more about how black holes behave.

Black holes are actually more common than you might think. Over the last twenty years, astronomers have found that almost all galaxies have a black hole at their center. While some of these black holes grow as they greedily gobble down gases in their vicinity, others are dormant. The ones that are a...

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