What is the impact of a black hole?

How are modern astronomers are studying black holes and their interactions with the rest of the universe?
07 January 2022
Presented by Cameron Voisey


An artist's impression of a black hole


Astronomers believe that nearly every galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its centre, this being true for our very own Milky Way. These objects exert such strong gravitational forces on the matter contained within them that it cannot escape the black hole’s pull. Scientists using the LOFAR telescope in the Netherlands have been studying the impact that such black holes have on the Universe on a mind-bogglingly large scale. One of the scientists working on the project, Marisa Brienza from the University of Bologna, told Cameron Voisey what they found.


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