Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

Black holes need the right ingredients to fire stuff into space

New research may provide clues to the mystery of why some supermassive black holes launch jets of material out into space while others don't.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Quasar upends ideas about black hole formation

A new discovery "presents the biggest challenge yet for the theory of black hole formation and growth in the early universe."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Clouds ‘cloak’ black hole from the early universe

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of a cloaked black hole in the early universe, existing just 850 million years after the Big Bang.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 9, 2019 ~7 min

Quasar shines with light of 600 trillion suns

The discovery of the brightest quasar ever seen in the early universe suggests a "hidden" population still waiting for astronomers to find.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 11, 2019 ~7 min