Dark Matter and Black Hole Correlation
Date: Fall 2013
Has a correlation between galactic dark matter and the presence of galactic super massive black holes ever been observed - do galaxies with super massive black holes at their center tend to have more dark matter?
Thanks for the question. The existence of dark matter anywhere in the universe has not been confirmed. There are currently experiments in progress which are searching for dark matter. Therefore no correlation between galactic dark matter and the presence of galactic super massive black holes can be established.
I hope this helps.
This is out of my range of expertise, but if you do a Google search on the question: Is there a relation between dark matter and black holes? It appears that there is not. Since both of these objects are only partly understood, it would be wise to keep an open mind.
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