Black Hole invisibly triggers star formation

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
3 min readApr 24, 2023

There is a lot of stuff going on out in space.

One of my favorite recent news items is the story of a 200,000 ly long filament of baby stars and the black hole that likely triggered their formation.

According to a new paper in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, in 2022 the Hubble Space Telescope spotted a line of stars extending away from the dwarf galaxy RCP 28. Both the galaxy and the streak are quite faint, and remarkably, they are essentially the same color, which usually means they are made of the kinds of stars. According…

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Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.