28 Apr '16, 10am
Supermassive black holes offer hint at structure of the universe
New research into supermassive black holes has left astronomers scratching their heads — and has some excited that the findings may reveal information about the underlying structure of the universe . While studying a group of 64 distant galaxies blasting out radio waves, scientists were surprised to find that about a dozen were spewing jets of gas roughly aligned with one another. At the center of each of these galaxies is a supermassive black hole, with a magnetic field that launches falling debris into outer space . And the fact that all of these galaxies are aligned in the same direction has some interesting implications.