Study Finds Black Holes Can Prevent Star Formation

October 23, 2014 5:40 PM

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Black holes have fascinated astronomers and other scientists for decades. These physical anomalies spit out radio-frequency-emitting particles at almost the speed of light. Lately, scientists have found that—if the black hole is big enough—these particles can actually interfere with the formation of new stars in older galaxies.

This new research provides important evidence that the streams of radio-frequency feedback coming from the central black holes of older galaxies can prevent hot gas from cooling and collapsing, an important component of star formation.

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