UC Irvine astronomers make a hundred million discoveries — black holes – Orange County Register

IRVINE – Astronomers from UC Irvine have concluded that as many as 100 million black holes exist in our galaxy – a tally far more than previously believed and shocking even to the three researchers.

The findings, while surprising, don’t figure to affect life on earth or offer any immediate change in thinking about how the universe was formed and continues to evolve.

“It’s not like we need to go out and buy black hole insurance soon; not like we’re in danger of being sucked into a black hole any more than we were before,” said James Bullock, UCI’s chairman and professor of physics and astronomy and one of the researchers on the project.

“There are wonderless giant objects lurking out there,” Bullock said of black holes. “It’s just amazing that the universe was created out of things like this.”

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