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Release No.: 2015-07
For Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:00am

Dark Matter Guides Growth of Supermassive Black Holes

spiral galaxies - each with supermassive black holes at their center

This illustration shows two spiral galaxies - each with supermassive black holes at their center - as they are about to collide and form an elliptical galaxy. New research shows that galaxies' dark matter halos influence these mergers and the resulting growth of supermassive black holes.

NASA/CXC/M.Weiss