Black holes are one of the most intriguing objects in the world of science. The more we get to know about them the lesser it feels! A team of astronomers have now discovered a supermassive black hole. While other such black holes have been spotted in the past, what sets this discovery apart is that this is the most distant supermassive black hole ever spotted!
Reportedly, this black hole is in the center of an ultrabright quasar, the light from which took close to 13 Billion years to reach us. This black hole was created just 690 Million years after the big bang. The size of this black hole has also stunned many scientists. This black hole is 800 million times bigger than our sun!
The size of this black hole was determined by calculating it’s mass, which was found to be over 800 million times that of our sun. This black hole was found when an astronomer was looking for quasars in the distant universe.
“This is the only object we have observed from this era,” says Robert Simcoe, the Francis L. Friedman Professor of Physics in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. “It has an extremely high mass, and yet the universe is so young that this thing shouldn’t exist. The universe was just not old enough to make a black hole that big. It’s very puzzling.”
The question that still baffles many scientists and astronomers is how did such a massive black hole form in such an early stage of the universe. Of what we know about black holes, they grow by absorbing mass from the surrounding universe. For a black hole to grow this big in just 690 Million years sounds rather baffling. There’s certainly more to black holes and the origin of our universe than we know and this black hole might just have the answers!