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Scientists Disover Massive Black Hole That Reveals When First Stars Were Created

By James Treuthardt

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Scientists recently discovered a supermassive black hole that existed early in the universe’s history. This discovery provides answers to when first the stars could have appeared.


The light from an object near the black hole had been traveling for 13 billion years before reaching astronomers on Earth, making it the most distant object ever found.


“What was surprising here, “ said Rob Simcoe, an astrophysicist from MIT and an author of the newly published research paper on the black hole, “was that this one seemed to be fully formed even though the universe was very young at this period in time.”


Furthermore, Simcoe added, the star appeared to be formed in an environment only just beginning to be affected by light created from the first stars.


Read more at NPR HERE.