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Water vapour reveals how stars form around black hole

19 Oct 2011, 13:05 UTC
Water vapour reveals how stars form around black hole

An international team led by astronomer Paul van der Werf (Leiden University, The Netherlands) has discovered that a black hole in the young universe is surrounded by a large disk of gas and dust, where stars form rapidly and which is so dense that light can barely escape from it. The team made this unexpected discovery during a successful search for water vapour in a galaxy in the early universe, located at a distance of 12 billion light-years.
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