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Even Low-Mass Galaxies Can Harbor Supermassive Black Holes

Release date: Sep 15, 2011 12:00 PM (EDT)

Using the slitless grism on Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 to probe the distant universe, astronomers have found supermassive black holes growing in surprisingly small galaxies. The findings suggest that central black holes formed at an earlier stage in galaxy evolution. This study is part of the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) and will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

For more information, visit the University of California, Santa Cruz, Press Release at http://news.ucsc.edu/2011/09/black-holes.html