Astro Physics News: Early Universe Surprises, Super-massive black hole is ahead of its time

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 December 2017




Astro-Physics News

Monster Quasar
An artist's rendition of a quasar, like the one discovered by Bañados and his team. By Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science.
An artist's rendition of a quasar, like the one discovered by Bañados and his team. By Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science.


Early Universe Surprises

Supermassive black hole is ahead of its time,


Main Points

690 Million Years After the Big Bang
(About 13.4 Billion Years Ago)
"The discovery of an extremely distant supermassive black hole, with a mass some 800 million times that of our Sun is causing astronomers to re-think our understanding of the early cosmos. Researchers report that this is the most distant giant black hole ever detected, and at this distance, our Universe was only about 5% of its current age, or about 690 million years after the Big Bang."

It's A Quasar
"Quasars are among the brightest and most-distant known celestial objects..."

"... is voraciously devouring material at the center of a galaxy and releasing copious amounts of energy in what is called a quasar, short for quasi-stellar object."


A Big Data Discovery
"...The initial discovery of this quasar (given the identity J1342+0928) came to light thanks to the mining of three large area surveys..."


Previous Record Ancient Quasar
"Prior to this discovery, the record-holder for the furthest known quasar existed when the Universe was about 800 million years old."


Bonus Points
"...may provide key clues on conditions in the very early Universe, which allowed for black holes on the order of hundreds of thousands of solar masses to form. This is unlike black holes that form in the local Universe, which rarely exceed an initial mass of dozens of solar masses."



Gemini Observatory

800 million times Sun's mass at 690 million years after the Big Bang.



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