Nobel physics prize awarded to 3 scientists for discoveries relating to black holes

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Three scientists have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for advancing our understanding of black holes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday that Briton Roger Penrose will receive half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.” Goran K. Hansson, the academy’s secretary general, said German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez will receive the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”