Three Supermassive Black Holes Set To Collide a Billion Light-Years from Earth, Say Researchers

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This artistic interpretation shows two black holes on a collision course. In the newfound system, three supermassive black holes are going to merge. (NASA Image)

(FOX NEWS) – Three supermassive black holes are poised to collide.

These three monsters stand near one another in a system of merging galaxies that’s about a billion light-years from Earth, according to a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal.

“We were only looking for pairs of black holes at the time, and yet, through our selection technique, we stumbled upon this amazing system,” said Ryan Pfeifle of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, the first author of the new study, in a statement. “This is the strongest evidence yet found for such a triple system of actively feeding supermassive black holes.”

Researchers had to combine data from telescopes on the ground and in space in order to pinpoint this rare black hole trifecta, according to NASA.

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