The Octopus Galaxy shows how supermassive black holes determine their galaxies | Albiseyler

a spiral galaxy with an orange/yellow center and arms with pink and blue.

New research has revealed how supermassive black holes, which lurk in the hearts of large galaxies, affect the distribution of chemicals throughout their galactic home.

Scientists understood this a long time ago supermassive black holes have a huge influence on galaxies around them. In particular, when these black holes feed on the matter surrounding them, they form electromagnetic emitting radiation that is bright enough to outshine the combined light of every star in their home galaxy. This active delivery process also causes jets of matter to shoot outward from a nearby black hole the speed of light.

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