|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.
â€œOur study suggests that supermassive black holes can trigger the formation of stars, thus â€˜buildingâ€™ their own host galaxies,â€ David Elbaz, lead author of a paper on the work in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a press release. â€œThis link could also explain why galaxies hosting larger black holes have more stars.â€
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?