: HubbleSite: News - Gravitational Wave Kicks Monster Black Hole Out Of Galactic Core http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2017-12
Runaway black hole is the most massive ever detected far from its central home
Normally, hefty black holes anchor the centers of galaxies. So researchers were surprised to discover a supermassive black hole
speeding through the galactic suburbs. Black holes cannot be observed directly, but they are the energy source at the heart of
quasars — intense, compact gushers of radiation that can outshine an entire galaxy. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope made
the discovery by finding a bright quasar located far from the center of the host galaxy.
Researchers estimate that it took the equivalent energy of 100 million supernovas exploding simultaneously to jettison the black
hole. What could pry this giant monster from its central home? The most plausible explanation for this propulsive energy is that
the monster object was given a kick by gravitational waves unleashed by the merger of two black holes as a result of a collision
between two galaxies. First predicted by Albert Einstein, gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space that are created
when two massive objects collide.