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September 15, 2011 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-27

Even Low-Mass Galaxies Can Harbor Supermassive Black Holes

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September 15, 2011: Using the slitless grism on Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 to probe the distant universe, astronomers have found supermassive black holes growing in surprisingly small galaxies. The findings suggest that central black holes formed at an earlier stage in galaxy evolution. This study is part of the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) and will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Koekemoer (STScI), J. Trump, S. Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz), H. Ferguson (STScI), and the CANDELS Team