Black hole: ‘Ghost’ galaxy offers major breakthrough in birth of supermassive black holes

“This on its own is not enough to definitively tell the difference between the ‘seed’ picture and ‘direct collapse’ – we need to understand the statistics for that – but this is a massive step in the right direction.”

The findings were made using a new technique at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Chilean Andes, Chile.

The cutting-edge telescope is being used to study some of the coldest objects in the universe.

Astronomers believe nearly all large galaxies, including our own, contain a supermassive black hole in their centre.

In the case of the Milky Way, it is a supermassive black hole about 26,000 light-years away that is known as Sagittarius A* (read: A-star).

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