Monster black hole from early cosmos challenges physics › News in Science (ABC Science)

The discovery of a supermassive black hole from the early cosmos is set to rewrite physics, say scientists.An international team of astronomers detected a black hole 12 billion times the mass of our Sun, they report today in the journal Nature .The black hole, which formed just 900 million years after the Big Bang, is the source of a powerful beam of bright material known as a quasar.”When we found this supermassive black hole we got very excited because we had found something that we never thought we could find,” says Dr Fuyan Bian of the Australian National University.The team, led by Xue-Bing Wu at Peking University, discovered the black hole and quasar — known as SDSS JO100+2802 — using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, then followed up with three other telescopes.With a luminosity of 420 trillion that of our Sun’s, the new quasar is seven times brighter than the most distant quasar known.

via Monster black hole from early cosmos challenges physics › News in Science (ABC Science).

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2 comments

  1. ianscyberspace · February 27, 2015

    You find some interesting articles Sue.

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