“Perfect storm” quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole

December 18, 2014 4:49 PM

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“Perfect storm” quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole

Astronomers have discovered that black holes don’t have to be nearly so powerful to shut down star formation.

High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy’s star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called "red and dead" galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones.

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