Seed Black Hole, 100 Million Years after the Big Bang

An artist’s impression of the formation of quasar Pōniuāʻena, starting with a seed black hole, 100 million years after the Big Bang. Astronomers discovered this, the second most distant quasar ever found, using the international Gemini Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Programs of NSF’s NOIRLab. It is the first quasar to receive an indigenous Hawaiian name.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld

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Id:noirlab2015b
Type:Artwork
Release date:June 25, 2020, 6 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2015
Size:4500 x 4500 px

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