Black Holes Pair Up For Double Whammy

Posted on January 27, 2010 

Black Holes Pair Up For Double Whammy

What’s worse than one giant black hole waiting to swallow up everything nearby? Try two supermassive black holes packing a galactic double whammy.

A team of astronomers recently discovered 33 sets of double black holes in distant galaxies. Though these black hole pairs had been predicted theoretically, only a handful had been observed so far.

“[The findings] show that dual supermassive black hole systems are much more common than previously known from observations,” said researcher Julia Comerford, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley.

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