- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Far from a cosmic rarity, black holes are actually quite prevalent in our galaxy, scientists now believe.

A paper published on Aug. 2 in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society estimates the number at some 100 million, CNet reported Monday.

A co-author of the study explained his research was inspired by recent discoveries about the gravitational waves generated by black holes when they collide and merge with one another.

“Fundamentally, the detection of gravitational waves was a huge deal,” University of California Irvine professor James Bullock said, according to CNet.

“But then we looked closer at the astrophysics of the actual result, a merger of two 30-solar-mass black holes. That was simply astounding and had us asking, ‘How common are black holes of this size, and how often do they merge?’ “

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