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Stars Born in Winds from Supermassive Black Holes

27 Mar 2017, 15:00 UTC
Stars Born in Winds from Supermassive Black Holes ESO/M. Kornmesser

Observations using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming within powerful outflows of material blasted out from supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. These are the first confirmed observations of stars forming in this kind of extreme environment. The discovery has many consequences for understanding galaxy properties and evolution. The results are published in the journal Nature.

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