, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

An international team of scientists, including Rutgers associate Andrew J. Baker, has measured the mass of this supermassive black hole with unprecedented accuracy. The researchers hope that this new observation will shed light on how galaxies and black holes are formed.

Scientists think every massive galaxy, like the Milky Way, has a massive black hole at its center, Baker said. “The ubiquity of black holes is one indicator of the profound influence that they have on the formation of the galaxies in which they live,” he said.

Read more here.