Huge black holes eat little but grow fast, study finds

02/13/2013 |

Supermassive black holes at the center of many galaxies may be growing much faster than previously believed, growth that is mostly sustained by sucking in small amounts of gas and other space matter. The study, published in The Astrophysical Journal, used computer simulations to analyze how black holes grow in spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way. The findings also confirm that gigantic space collisions are only responsible for a small portion of black-hole growth.

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