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Source of X-ray Background Found

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A team of international astronomers has found the source of the measured X-ray background radiation and strengthened the case for the biblically anticipated, supernatural cosmic creation model. Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) with masses millions to billions of times the mass of the sun reside at the centers of quasars. In the early universe, these SMBHs grew very rapidly, emitting ubiquitous X-rays in the process. However, the measured X-ray background, which is the sum of the X-ray emission from all the SMBHs, was substantially more than the number of optically detectable quasars. A team of astronomers has found a large class of quasars obscured at optical wavelengths that, coupled with the optically detected quasars, accounts for all the X-ray background radiation. This discovery provides additional support for the scientifically testable RTB creation model.

o   Alejo Martínez-Sansigre et al., “The Obscuration by Dust of Most of the Growth of Supermassive Black Holes,” Nature 436 (2005): 666-69.


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