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Astronomers have spied a distant black hole in the act of creating the galaxy that will eventually become its home.

By sending a jet of gas and highly energetic particles into a neighboring galaxy, the black hole has touched off star formation at a rate 100 times the galactic average.

“Our study suggests that supermassive black holes can trigger the formation of stars, thus ‘building’ their own host galaxies,†David Elbaz, lead author of a paper on the work in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a press release. “This link could also explain why galaxies hosting larger black holes have more stars.â€
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In other words, we're watching the birth of the Milky Way. The sun's estimated to be around 5 billion years old too. Give or take a few hundred million years, this formation we're observing happened about the same time as the formation of our sun.

How awesome is that?
 

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If we could figure out a way to get to that galaxy in time for the dinosaur age I would like to cook me up some dino steak.
 

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It's hypotheses that almost every galaxy had a black hole in the middle including our own.
 

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It's hypotheses that almost every galaxy had a black hole in the middle including our own.
I believe it is a theory now about supermassive black holes. Is it only spiral or all galaxies?
 

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That's amazing
, I love these sort of articles, space has always fascinated me!
 

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Thats cool, wonder how big ours is
 

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If we could figure out a way to get to that galaxy in time for the dinosaur age I would like to cook me up some dino steak.
It'll probably taste like chicken. But first, we would have to figure out if any of the planets in that galaxy can sustain life. Hence, the dinosaurs.
 

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I believe it is a theory now about supermassive black holes. Is it only spiral or all galaxies?
I don't think the Discovery documentary I was watching made a distinction, so I'd suppose all matter of galaxies.
 

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I don't think the Discovery documentary I was watching made a distinction, so I'd suppose all matter of galaxies.
You were watching the universe werent you. Awesome stuff..
 

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You were watching the universe werent you. Awesome stuff..

You mean "Into the Universe" with Steven Hawking?

Saw that the other day, was neat.
 
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