Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books.
A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren’t just destroyers of stars, but can also be their creators.
Stellar black holes form from the collapse of a large star. They can have a mass of 20 times that of of our sun or higher, and they consume anything that gets too close, including a star. 
There’s another category of these stellar gourmands: supermassive black holes. These have masses more than one billion times that of the sun and lurk at the centre of most galaxies, including our own.
While it was suspected that these supermassive black holes could actually be giving rise to …