Science Updates - A look at CfA discoveries from recent journals

January 23, 2015

When galaxies collide, the central supermassive black holes that reside at their cores will end up orbiting one another in a binary pair, at least according to current simulations.

Simulation of the collapse of gas in the very early universe into a small black hole
January 16, 2015

Supermassive black holes with millions or billions of solar-masses of material are found at the nuclei of most galaxies. During the embryonic stages of these galaxies they are thought to play an important role, acting as seeds around which material collected.

Seyfert galaxy NGC 5033
January 9, 2015

Seyfert galaxies are similar to spiral galaxies except that they have extraordinarily prominent, bright nuclei, sometimes as luminous as 100 billion Suns.