Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Two giant black holes surprise scientists with unexpected behavior

Some strange behavior from two huge black holes at the center of two different galaxies has been noticed by astronomers.

One supermassive black hole, at the heart of a galaxy neighboring the Milky Way, has been mysteriously brightening in recent years, and scientists aren't sure why. Another of these matter-gobbling behemoths isn't where astronomers thought it was located.

Two new studies on these black holes, the results of which were presented here today at the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, have turned up some surprising results and could help astronomers understand more about the evolution of galaxies and how supermassive black holes work.

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