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Release No.: 2006-08
For Release: Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 5:00am

Growing Supermassive Black Holes from Seeds

merger of two black holes

This artist's conception depicts the merger of two black holes surrounded by disks of hot gas. The black holes orbit each other for hundreds of millions of years before they merge to form a single, more massive black hole, sending out intense gravitational waves in the process.

NASA / CXC / A. Hobart