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Most Distant (and Oldest) Supermassive Black Hole Discovered

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-12-07 00:47:43
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Farthest monster black hole found [bbc.com]

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 [nature.com] [DOI: 10.1038/nature25180] [DX [doi.org]].

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 [skyandtelescope.com].


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