Hungry Holes

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The first black holes in the universe were born starving.

A new study found that the earliest black holes lacked nearby matter to gobble up, and so lay relatively stagnant in pockets of emptiness.

The finding, based on the most detailed computer simulations to date, counters earlier ideas that these first black holes accumulated mass quickly and ballooned into the supermassive black holes that lurk at the centers of many galaxies today.

“It has been speculated that these first black holes were seeds and accreted huge amounts of matter,” said the study’s leader Marcelo Alvarez, an astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in California. “We’re just finding out that it could be much more complex than that.”

First Black Holes Starved at Birth –


~ by theobservereffect on August 16, 2009.

2 Responses to “Hungry Holes”

  1. This is not a surprise to me. I have always seen the early universe as populated with black holes before stars even formed. I do not believe that the “Big Bang” was as simple and uniform as currently explained by science. The first black holes were fragments of the outer region of the primordial singularity. Without these fragments to seed the universe, the universe would have been gravitationally too uniform to form stars. Granted, this is only a simplistic explanation of how I have imagined the beginning of the universe.

  2. The quote puts it well, black-holes are speculation. The most crazy models and ideas sprout for many phenomena we can’t explain. It almost looks like the new dark ages. We haw dark matter, dark energy accompanied with black holes. 🙂

    Phenomena, i should add, we can not explain by only accounting for gravity. Please take a look at “the electric universe”. Plasma cosmology and the discharge model bring an interesting factor into the equation. Regards Tineus.

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