'Missing link' black holes could be hiding in dwarf galaxies

January 9, 2014 1:52 PM

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'Missing link' black holes could be hiding in dwarf galaxies

Scientists looking for clues into how supermassive black holes form might have found some at the heart of dwarf galaxies. These middleweight black holes could be 'seeds' of the bigger ones.

In the first cosmic survey of its kind, astronomers have uncovered active medium-mass black holes of the sort that some theories suggest could be "seeds" that eventually grow into the supermassive black holes at the centers of large galaxies like our Milky Way.

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