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Artist’s conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang | Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Astrophysics

The Oldest Black Hole Ever Found Is Almost as Old as the Universe Itself

The supermassive black hole formed during the earliest moments of the universe, which has researchers puzzled over how it got to be so big.

Artist’s conception of the discovery of the most-distant quasar known. It is surrounded by neutral hydrogen, indicating that it is from the period called the epoch of re-ionization, when the universe's first light sources turned on. | Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science