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Do some black holes hide the secrets of their ancestors?

NASADo some black holes hide the secrets of their ancestors?


Black holes are monstrous and monolithic regions of space and time that have captured humanity’s imagination. Some are created by the death and collapse of a massive star — yet no single star can birth the most tremendously large black holes. Those are the supermassive black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies with masses equivalent to millions, or even billions, of suns. 

Giant black holes such as these are believed to have been created when two smaller black holes collided and merged once upon a time. And now, scientists wonder whether we can learn about the family tree of a black hole by working backward through the generations.

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