Black holes abound in early universe
June 15th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Black holes abound in early universe

Black holes may be featured in "Star Trek" and "Event Horizon," but they're not just the stuff of science fiction.

Now, there's new evidence that these gravity-powered matter-eaters have been around in abundance since the dawn of the universe, and might be responsible for how the cosmos looks today.

Scientists say at least 30 million black holes had formed before the universe was 1 billion years old, which is quite early in the universe's 13.7 billion-year history.

A new study published in the journal Nature explains this discovery, which was made using NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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