Monsters at the Heart of Galaxy Formation

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1484-1485
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1484

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Supermassive black holes (BHs) have long been implicated in explaining active galactic nuclei such as quasars. In his Perspective, Kormendy discusses recent work that suggests a larger role for these objects. The Hubble Space Telescope has provided many new detections of BHs, and these new results indicate that they play an important role in the galaxy formation processes.