It was there a full 690 million years after the big bang, the universe was just 5 percent of its current age and was still emerging from an enigmatic era known as “the dark ages.”
That such a huge black hole can exist from so far back in time shaping models of how black holes form for all time; offering insight into the universe’s early years.
Well, it has been found. This black hole was located by an Eduardo Bañados at the las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
Not sure whether it even existed, Eduardo had three nights of at the la Campanas Observatory in Chile to locate this supermassive black hole that is basically invisible to us but is gulping down some portion of the universe. Alas, on the third night, Eduardo found it. It was way out at the edge of the universe, a black hole 800 million times more massive than the sun. And all this took was a signal that traveled more than 13 billion light-years across time and space to reach Bañados’ telescope.
Wednesday, Bañados and his colleagues were able to reports a new find that is the oldest and most distant black hole ever discovered.
The object’s size is stunning, it existed just 690 million years after the big bang, when the universe was a toddler, just emerging from an era referred to as “the dark ages.”
And what will we gain from this discovery? Because such a large black hole existed so early in time, it will shape models of how black holes form. Also it will offer insight into the universe’s early years.
But the object Bañados and his colleagues discovered, called ULAS J1342+0928, was even bigger than they’d bargained for - suggesting that something might have made black holes grow more quickly. Scientists don’t yet know the underlying reasons for such rapid growth, or whether still older black holes are waiting to be found.
In a companion paper published in the astrophysical journal letters, the scientists report another odd finding: the galaxy where ulas j1342+0928 dwells was generating new stars “like crazy,” bañados said. Objects the size of our sun were emerging 100 times as frequently as they do in our own galaxy today.
“To build stars you need dust,” Bañados said. “but it’s really hard to form all this dust in such little time on cosmic scales - that requires some generations of supernovae to explode."
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