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A 'wild' black hole discovered that it 'could reveal the secrets of our universe'

A ‘wild’ black hole discovered that it ‘could reveal the secrets of our universe’

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Scientists have discovered a huge black hole in space that “could reveal the secrets of our universe”.


The black hole – unexpectedly nicknamed “GNz7q” – existed 750 million years after the Big Bang, and was discovered by analyzing data from the Hubble telescope. It was in a much explored part of the sky, but it eluded scientists’ attention. However, Danish scientists noted that the compressed source of ultraviolet rays in the images could not be due to the presence of a galaxy. The theory that black holes in the first galaxies radiated ultraviolet light has been around for some time, but it has only now been observed for the first time.

“Our analysis indicates that ‘GNz7q’ is the first example of a rapidly expanding black hole in the dusty core of a galaxy, shortly after the creation of the universe’s first supermassive black hole,” said astronomer Seiji Fujimoto of the Niels Bohr Institute. Copenhagen. “The characteristics of this object are fully in line with the predictions of theoretical simulations.”

This black hole could be missing link Between supermassive black holes and the early galaxies from which they formed. “GNz7q provides a direct link between these two rare phenomena, providing a new way to understand the rapid growth of supermassive black holes in the early evolution of the universe,” Fujimoto said.

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