Scientists have discovered the energetic core of a distant galaxy that shatters the record for the brightest object in the early universe, blazing with the light equivalent to 600 trillion suns. Researchers identified the object — a black-hole-powered object called a quasar, among the universe's brightest inhabitants — because of a chance alignment with a … [Read more...] about The Brightest Quasar of the Early Universe Shines with the Light of 600 Trillion Suns
THE HUBBLE Space Telescope is running without its best camera after a mysterious fault on the space probe forced an emergency shut down. Nasa said the camera stopped working on Tuesday but three of the orbiting gadget's instruments are still up and running as usual. The agency broke the news shortly after it revealed Hubble had spotted the brightest quasar ever discovered, … [Read more...] about Nasa’s Hubble Telescope BREAKS after it spots record-breaking quasar with brightness of 600TRILLION suns
Astronomers have just discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core, and it's located over 12.8 billion light-years away from Earth, just a billion years shy of the Big Bang. Known as a quasar, this object is the brightest of its kind ever seen in the distant universe. The discovery gives scientists a better look at the universe's early years and helps them … [Read more...] about Ultrabright Quasar Lit Up the Early Universe
Stephanie LaMassa did a double take. She was staring at two images on her computer screen, both of the same object — except they looked nothing alike. The first image, captured in 2000 with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, resembled a classic quasar: an extremely bright and distant object powered by a ravenous supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy. It was blue, … [Read more...] about Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists
A glob of material the size of Earth is getting sucked into a black hole at nearly one-third the speed of light, a new study reports. The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles (299,792 kilometers) per second, and, according to Einstein's theory of special relativity, that's the top speed for anything traveling in our universe. So, something zipping at a third the speed … [Read more...] about The Stuff Falling into This Black Hole Is Moving at Almost 56,000 Miles a Second!