A quasar that dates back to about 670 million years after the universe was created has been detected about 13 billion light-years away, and at its center is a supermassive black hole that has approximately 1.6 billion times the mass of our sun, according to findings presented at the American Astronomical Society's 237th meeting and scheduled to be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Data from a number of ground-based observatories, including Chile's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, were used to find the quasar, called J0313-1806.
Faraway quasar holds oldest black hole ever detected
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