Are Wandering Supermassive Black Holes Hiding Everywhere?

Wandering supermassive black holes journeying between galaxies could be more common than believed, a new study suggests.

Supermassive black holes are found near the centers of nearly every galaxy, and it seems — many of these massive, nearly invisible gravitational wells meander the spaces between the galaxies. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Near the center of our Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, more than four million times as massive than our Sun. However, there is nothing unusual about this — similar features are found near the centers of nearly every galaxy.

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