2018-04-19 / Features

The Center Of The Milky Way Is Teeming With Black Holes

By Seth Borenstein
AP SCIENCE WRITER

WASHINGTON (AP) – Astronomers have discovered that the center of our galaxy is teeming with black holes, sort of like a Times Square for strange super gravity objects.

For decades, scientists theorized that circling in the center of galaxies were lots of stellar black holes. Those are collapsed giant stars where the gravity is so strong even light doesn’t get out. But astronomers hadn’t seen evidence of them in the Milky Way core until now.

Scientists using x-ray observations found signs of a dozen black holes in the inner circle of the Milky Way. They also calculate that there are likely thousands of them there.

In the rest of the massive Milky Way, scientists have spotted about five dozen black holes.

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