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Black hole born without stellar parent, evidence suggests

‘Direct collapse’ from gas may explain observations in remote galaxy

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7:00am, July 15, 2016
Galaxy CR7

Galaxy CR7 (illustrated) could harbor an unusual black hole that formed directly from a massive gas cloud, a new study suggests.

A remote galaxy might harbor a type of black hole that arises directly from a massive cloud of gas rather than forming after the death of a star. This rare specimen could explain how some galaxies built gargantuan black holes in the first billion years or so after the Big Bang.

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