Dec. 15, 2017

96: Earliest supermassive black hole ever seen

96: Earliest supermassive black hole ever seen

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*Earliest supermassive black hole ever seen Astronomers have discovered a monstrous supermassive black hole some 800 million times the mass of the Sun in the very early universe -- just 690 million years after the big bang. The observations represents the most distant supermassive black hole ever detected. 

*Rare glimpse of the magnetic field around a black hole A sudden flare and cooling of gas has given astronomers a rare glimpse of the magnetic field around a black hole. The findings indicate the gravity well’s magnetic field is far weaker than expected. 

*Massive primordial galaxies discovered swimming in a vast ocean of dark matter Astronomers have been astounded by the discovery of two massive primordial galaxies swimming in a vast ocean of dark matter near the dawn of time – just 780 million years after the big bang. The findings are forcing scientists to go back to the drawing board to explain how such massive objects could have formed so soon after the universe was born 13.8 billion years ago. 

*Strange clouds discovered in the Milky Way A new cosmic map of high velocity gas clouds has uncovered several within the Milky Way which are moving in a different direction to the rest of the galaxy. The findings raise questions about the mysterious clouds origins. 

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