‘Squid Galaxy’ shows how supermassive black holes dictate their galaxies

New research has revealed how supermassive black holes that lurk at the hearts of large galaxies influence the distribution of chemicals throughout their entire galactic homes.

Scientists have long understood that supermassive black holes have a massive influence on the galaxies around them. In particular, as these black holes feed from matter surrounding them, they form electromagnetic radiation emissions that are bright enough to outshine the combined light of every star in their home galaxy. This active feeding process also causes jets of matter to blast outwards from the black hole at near the speed of light.

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