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'Red Nuggets' are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

21 Jun 2018, 15:00 UTC
'Red Nuggets' are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

A new study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched star formation in small, yet massive galaxies known as "red nuggets", as reported in our latest press release. The results suggest some red nugget galaxies may have used some of the untapped stellar fuel to grow their central supermassive black holes to unusually massive proportions.

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