August 9, 2019

A heavily obscured primordial supermassive black hole discovered

An article published in the journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics” reports the discovery of a supermassive black hole in an initial phase of growth in which it’s heavily obscured and that dates back to around 850 million after the Big Bang, the oldest of that type discovered so far. A team of researchers used data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to carry out this study but even putting together other data collected with the ALMA radio telescope it’s not certain whether that black hole matches the quasar cataloged as PSO167-13 or a nearby galaxy.