Oct 24, 2018

We Now Have Evidence That Supermassive Black Holes Could Be Spectacularly Colliding Across The Universe

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Scientists have previously suspected supermassive black holes can merge together, and have seen signs of these cosmic collisions on a smaller scale. Now new research backs up the hypothesis – and shows evidence that it could be happening all across the Universe.

Astronomers studying detailed radio maps of jet sources – powerful beams of ionised matter thrown out by black holes – have found a surprisingly high number of scenarios that matched patterns consistent with binary black holes (two black holes orbiting each other).

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Jet stream radio map. (M. Krause/University of Hertfordshire)

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