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Supermassive Black Holes May Be Formed By Collapsing Dark Matter Halos

Supermassive black holes are thought to be lurking at the center of almost every large galaxy, but very little is known about their origins. Current thinking suggests that these cosmic behemoths, which can have masses millions of times the mass of the Sun, would grow relatively slowly as it would take a considerable amount of time for them to suck in the matter that surrounds them. However, there must be something else going on as several supermassive black holes have been observed that date back to the early days of the Universe. Now, a team at physicists at the University of California think they may have an explanation: seed black holes, or black holes in their initial stages, can be formed by the collapse of the dark matter halos that surround galaxies.

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