Jul 6, 2023

The Earliest Supermassive Black Hole Ever Found Has Been Identified

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An object lurking in the foggy dawn of the Universe has given astronomers a big surprise.

Observations collected through the James Webb Space Telescope have revealed an active supermassive black hole 9 million times the mass of the Sun – one that is actively growing as it slurps up matter from the space around it.

At around just 570 million years after the Big Bang, this is the earliest growing supermassive black hole detected yet, although scientists are hoping it won’t remain the record-holder for long.

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