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posted by martyb on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the how'd-it-get-that-big? dept.

Farthest monster black hole found

Astronomers have discovered the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.

The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away, so far that we see it as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang. But at about 800 million times the mass of our Sun, it managed to grow to a surprisingly large size such a short time after the origin of the Universe. The find is described in the journal Nature [DOI: 10.1038/nature25180] [DX].

This relic from the early Universe is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy - marking it out as a so-called quasar.

Also at Sky & Telescope.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:17PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:17PM (#606995)

    Can we shoot all of our trash, hazardous waste, politicians, in the direction of this black hole and let it do it's worst to it all?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @10:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @10:18AM (#607144)

    Not all trash is created equal. Also, not all politicians are created equal. Instead of going through all that trouble to make a rocket travel that distance that it will probably never reach (being hit by space dust and rocks), try a piece of rope and a light pole. Also try stopping the next war. Ain't gonna happen.