The Origins of Supermassive Black Holes (Video)

November 7, 2013 1:46 PM

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Black holes are massive objects in space that possess gravitational forces that are so strong that not even light can escape them. These black holes are usually formed during the deaths of stars and can come in various sizes--from the regular to the supermassive. Now, scientists have discovered how supermassive black holes may have formed in the early universe, revealing that one collapsed star may spawn two black holes that could potentially fuse together.

How supermassive black holes formed in the early universe has long puzzled scientists. Over billions of years, small black holes can slowly grow into the supermassive variety by taking on mass from their surroundings. Yet this slow process fails to explain how the supermassive black holes in the ear...

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