Weird black holes may hold secrets of the early universe

Growing evidence suggests that rogue black holes and other eccentric behemoths exist

illustration of a black hole

Big black holes may not always reside in the hearts of massive galaxies. Recent observations and computer simulations suggest that some are found at the centers of dwarf galaxies.

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Our galaxy’s heart is a gluttonous monster. Like the mythical Kammapa of the Sotho people of southern Africa, the Milky Way’s central, supermassive black hole has swallowed nearly everything around it, growing heftier and heftier the more it eats.