Reply to post: Re: Intriguing potential explanation for what a quasar really is

Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth

DougS Silver badge

Re: Intriguing potential explanation for what a quasar really is

It probably doesn't take them all that long to "hoover up the loose material in the middle" in a newly formed galaxy, but a galactic collision gives them all sorts of fresh material to suck up. Especially as the two black holes merging will each drag a lot of their neighbor's stars onto the menu on their way towards each other. They would orbit each other at near relativistic velocities towards the end, which has to really do a number on the material they're bringing in.

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