Supermassive black hole is the most distant found yet

via Skymania and Astronomy Now.

Credit: Tomotsugu Goto, University of Hawaii

Credit: Tomotsugu Goto, University of Hawaii

A black hole from when the Universe was less than a billion years old has been identified. The object, with a mass one billion times that of the Sun, is embedded in a developing galaxy and gives a view of early galaxy-black hole co-evolution. The monster, 6.4 times smaller than the largest black hole candidate found, was discovered by a team led by Dr Romotsugu Goto from the University of Hawaii using the Japanese Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The images they took are believed to show a source, forty percent of whose light comes from the galaxy and sixty percent from the matter around the black hole. After modelling where the light from the black hole should be seen, the team subtracted it from the image to leave the host galaxy.

Credit: Tomotsugu Goto, University of Hawaii

Credit: Tomotsugu Goto, University of Hawaii

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