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A close-pair binary in a distant triple supermassive black hole system.

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Galaxies are believed to evolve through merging, which should lead to some hosting multiple supermassive black holes. There are four known triple black hole systems, with the closest black hole pair being 2.4 kiloparsecs apart (the third component in this system is at 3 kiloparsecs), which is far from the gravitational sphere of influence (about 100 parsecs for a black hole with mass one billion times that of the Sun). Previous searches for compact black hole systems concluded that they were ...

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10.1038/nature13454

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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
511
Issue:
7507
Pages:
57-60
Publication date:
2014-07-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:73f99a47-0eba-4b2c-9b2e-f1b27b5c3fd6
Source identifiers:
473959
Local pid:
pubs:473959
Language:
English
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