Black Hole Theory Finally Explains How Galaxies Form

Astronomers have discovered supermassive black holes at the center of numerous galaxies, including our own. Now a new theory explains why.

1/19/2022 6:00:00 PM

Astronomers have discovered supermassive black holes at the center of numerous galaxies, including our own. Now a new theory explains why.

Astronomers have discovered supermassive black holes at the center of numerous galaxies, including our own. Now a new theory explains why.

(Credit: REDPIXEL.PL/Shutterstock)Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science newsSign UpOne of the great mysteries in astronomy is how galaxies form. At issue is why stars gather into “island universes” rather than spreading out evenly through the universe.

One clue comes from the observation that most galaxies contain massive black holes at their centers. That has led to the proposal that galaxies form around black holes which act as seeds for this process.But there is a problem with this idea. If it is true, something must stop stars from falling into black holes as they form, but nobody knows what.

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