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February 4, 2004 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-45

New Hubble Study Reveals How Black Holes Get Their Kicks

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February 4, 2004: When black holes collide, look out! The "kick" from an enormous burst of gravitational radiation that occurs during the collision could knock a black hole clear out of its galaxy, rather than resulting in one massive black hole, as commonly thought.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, D. Merritt (Rochester Institute of Technology), M. Milosavljevic (Caltech), M. Favata (Cornell), S.A. Hughes (MIT), and D.E. Holz (Univ. of Chicago)