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Chinese Astronomers Spot Brightest, Biggest Black Hole


The black hole was first spotted, by a research team led by Chinese astronomers, through a 2.4 meter telescope in Lijiang in southwest China's Yunnan Province. It is the most luminous supermassive quasar, a shinning object produced by the black hole, ever found in the distant universe, around 12.8 billion light years from Earth.

According to researchers involved in the discovery, it is most likely to challenge theories on how black holes form and grow.

"We were so excited when we found such a luminous object just 900 million years after the Big Bang, It's like a child growing to weigh several hundred kilograms in less than ten years. How can we explain it?" 
Wu Xuebing, of Peking University

According to researchers involved in the discovery, it is most likely to challenge theories on how black holes form and grow. Furthermore, it will provide a unique opportunity to look deeper into the mass assembly and galaxy formation around massive black holes in the early universe.

"Spotting such a celestial body usually requires a 10 meter telescope. But Chinese astronomers observed it through a 2 meter telescope. It demonstrates their creativity,"
Astrophysicist Chen Jiansheng with the National Astronomical Observatories | CAS
"It's like finding a speck of gold dust on a beach. We are lucky to have spotted the quasar and made follow-up observations," 
Wu Xuebing of Peking University

Quasars are believed to be the brightest and most energetic objects in the universe. The first quasar was identified in 1963, since then over 200 thousand quasars have been found.

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