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Mysterious monster of a black hole puzzles scientists - CNET

This illustration shows what the supermassive black hole might look like. Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Beast. Goliath. Relic. Puzzling. These are all words scientists are using to describe the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered.

A team led by scientists from MIT, the Carnegie Institution for Science, NASA and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy released new research findings this week describing the mysterious black hole.

The black hole is located at the center of a quasar.NASA describes quasars as "the brightest objects in the universe." Supermassive black holes sit at their centers feeding on gasses.

The researchers estimate the black hole is 800 million times the mass of our sun, which is hard to wrap your mind around. It took over 13 billion years for the quasar's light to reach us, dating it to the relatively early days of the universe at 690 million years after the Big Bang. The observations give us a riveting peek back in time.


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