Supermassive black hole from early universe found in space
Washington : The scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole in space apparently from the beginning of the universe.
The findings by the Carnegie Observatories’ Eduardo Banados have been published by the journal Nature on Wednesday. In the findings, it has been mentioned that the black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang.
It took Eduardo Bañados a total of three nights to spot the massive black hole 800 million times more massive than the sun. the light from this quasar travelled more than 13 billion light-years to reach researchers telescope.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Wednesday, Bañados and his colleagues reports that their new find is the oldest and most distant black hole ever discovered. It would be like seeing photos of a 50-year-old man when he was 21/2 years old, according to Banados.
“This discovery opens up an exciting new window to understand the early universe,” he said in an email from Pasadena, California.
These larger black holes have had more time to grow in the hearts of galaxies since the Big Bang, compared with the young one just observed.
“The new quasar is itself one of the first galaxies, and yet it already harbors a behemoth black hole as massive as others in the present-day universe,” co-author Xiaohui Fan of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory said in a statement.
Banados and his team used the Carnegie’s Magellan telescopes in Chile, supported by observatories in Hawaii, the American Southwest and the French Alps.