Contrary to what was known so far about black holes, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found a black hole at the heart of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 which is creating stars rather than gobbling them up.
Often portrayed as destructive monsters that hold light captive, black holes take on a less villainous role in this latest research. The black hole is apparently contributing to the firestorm of new star formation taking place in the galaxy. The dwarf galaxy lies 30 million light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis, reported NASA.
A decade ago this small galaxy set off a debate among astronomers as to whether dwarf galaxies were home to black holes proportional to the supermassive behemoths found in the hearts of larger galaxies.
This new discovery has little Henize 2-10, containing only one-tenth the number of stars found in our Milky Way, poised to play a big part in solving the mystery of where supermassive black holes came from in the first place, says NASA.
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