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Watch: New simulation shows spiral galaxies feeding their ravenous black holes

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At the center of most large galaxies is a supermassive black hole. Yep, even the Milky Way has one — although it’s currently dormant.

X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; optical: Rolf Olsen; infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/Univ.Hertfordshire/M.Hardcastle

However, we’ve spotted active, hungry black holes in distant galaxies, like Centaurus A, which is 12 million light years away.