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Lopsided stellar disks help black holes guzzle gas

Theorists find new recipe for feeding the supermassive centers of galaxies

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8:47am, March 3, 2010

View a simulation of a lopsided disk forming around a supermassive black hole.

Astronomers have finally gotten a firmer grip on how supermassive black holes in the centers of most galaxies gobble up gas from their surroundings. In a new study, two astronomers neatly explain how stars drag swirling gases toward a galaxy’s center, bringing them close enough that the black holes can suck them in like water down a bathtub drain.

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