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Molecules could be broken and reborn in black hole splurges

1 Feb 2018, 14:40 UTC
Molecules could be broken and reborn in black hole splurges ESO/M. Kornmesser

Large amounts of molecules exist in the winds expelling from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies. This has perplexed astronomers since its discovery more than a decade ago, and has continuously questioned how molecules can survive in such a heated environment. New research from Northwestern University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Exploration in Astrophysics (CIERA) predict that these molecules are born in the winds, instead of simply surviving.

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