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How to ‘seed’ supermassive black holes in the early universe

24 Mar 2020, 14:29 UTC
How to ‘seed’ supermassive black holes in the early universe NASA / JPL-Caltech

A major question mark about the evolution of the early universe is how supermassive black holes managed to form in the first 800 million years or so of the Big Bang. According to conventional wisdom, supermassive black holes form in the central regions of a galaxy and grow primarily by capturing surrounding gas, a process that occurs over long time scales.

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