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Evidence for Low-mass Star Formation within close vicinity of our very own Supermassive Black Hole Sgr A*

When you think of a black hole, especially a supermassive one, stability and life support may not spring to mind. However, a team of scientists have just challenged that common understanding when they observed this intriguing region to be a birth place for stars.

Utilizing the ALMA telescope the team, led by Yusef-Zadeh of Northwestern University, Illinois, observed the spectral signatures of protostars within 1 parsec – 19 trillion miles - of our host galaxy's supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*.

The surprise discovery provides evidence that star formation is taking place within the close vicinity of Sgr A*, and could therefore be true for all galactic supermassive black holes. The team do not know the mechanisms responsible but suggest that something must compress the protostar such that it has sufficient self-gravity to resist tidal disruption by Sgr A*.

This discovery is in agreement with unified physics theories which is fascinated with the boundary region of black holes and has long suggested that these turbulent regions would be extremely conducive to star formation.



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