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Release No.: 2009-12
For Release: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:00am

Rogue Black Holes May Roam the Milky Way

rogue black hole

This artist's conception shows a rogue black hole floating near a globular star cluster on the outskirts of the Milky Way. New calculations by Ryan O'Leary and Avi Loeb suggest that hundreds of massive black holes, left over from the galaxy-building days of the early universe, may wander the Milky Way. Fortunately, the closest rogue black hole should reside thousands of light-years from Earth.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)