Summary #1428

Scientists Discover The Oldest Supermassive Black Hole, and It’s Too Big
  • The farthest quasar ever has been observed, it’s 13.03 billion light years away, meaning that it existed when the universe was only 670 million years old.
  • A quasar emits as much light as a trillion stars, while occupying an area smaller than the Solar System.
  • Quasars let physicists “look back in time” on the history of the universe, and this one has a supermassive black hole in its center, which is as heavy as 1.6 billion Suns.
  • The mass of the black hole is troubling, because it should be around 10,000 solar masses, and not 1.6 billion, indicating that it didn’t form like a normal black hole.
  • This provides new clues for scientists as to how galaxies in the early universe formed, and the effects of black holes on their growth.


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