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May 11

Black holes spin faster and faster

Source: Royal Astronomical Society


Artist’s impression of  jets emerging from a supermassive black hole.
Credit: Dana Berry / STScI

Two UK astronomers have found that the giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are on average spinning faster than at any time in the history of the Universe. Dr Alejo Martinez-Sansigre of the University of Portsmouth and Prof. Steve Rawlings of the University of Oxford made the new discovery by using radio, optical and X-ray data. They publish their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.(read more)

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