Photo: Monster Black Holes Spawned Early Galaxies



Monster black holes served as seeds from which early galaxies sprouted, scientists said in January 2009.

The discovery could solve the cosmic chicken-and-egg riddle of which came first— galaxies (above, a Very Large Array radio telescope image of a giant molecular galaxy) or the supermassive black holes nestled in their cores.

Image courtesy NRAO/AUI/NSF, SDSS


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