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Astronomers discover ancient, supermassive, "actively feeding" black hole


December 6, 2017

Astronomers have discovered a supermassive, extremely old quasar, a black hole caught in the act of consuming surrounding stars and matter. The quasar is the oldest known, dating to more than 13 billion years ago, and has a mass 800 million times that of the sun. The NSF-funded Gemini and Cerro Tololo Inter-American observatories were critical to the research, published today in the journal Nature. Full Story

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