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Black holes inhale vast quantities of dust and gases. Does dark matter also get consumed?

Don Gensler, Umpqua, Oregon
RELATED TOPICS: BLACK HOLES
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Black holes capture matter through their gravitational pull. Dark matter is the name astronomers use for matter that does not interact through the electromagnetic or nuclear forces in physics, but which scientists still see through its gravitational effects. Since it interacts gravitationally, dark matter behaves no differently near black holes than any other type of matter, so black holes certainly can consume it.

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