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Astonishing Find: James Webb Telescope Uncovers Unseen Cosmic Mystery

This is the oldest supermassive black hole dated to date.

Astonishing Find: James Webb Telescope Uncovers Unseen Cosmic Mystery
Pedro Domínguez

Pedro Domínguez

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Black holes are, by definition, one of the greatest scientific mysteries humanity faces. First discovered in 1971 (although Albert Einstein calculated their existence in 1916), black holes remain a complete enigma for the scientific community, which has so far only been able to grasp the “superficial” aspects of these astronomical objects.

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Now, thanks to one of them, we may have the key to better understanding the origins of the universe itself. Just a few days ago, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope detected the presence of a supermassive black hole that existed 13.2 billion years ago.

This colossal black hole is located at the center of the galaxy CEERS 1019 and is the oldest one discovered to date by scientists. Its age is so immense that the scientific community doesn’t even know how it could have formed. While most detected black holes appeared around a billion years ago, this one is estimated to have originated 13.8 billion years after the Big Bang itself.

Discovered by a team of researchers from the University of Texas, this titanic cosmic void has a mass about nine million times that of the Sun. And it continues to grow, as is typical for supermassive black holes, as it has been determined that it “feeds” on the surrounding interstellar gas and dust.

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Until the discovery of this ancient colossus, the oldest known black hole was discovered in 2021, with its formation occurring 13 billion years ago. Will this discovery help us better understand the universe, or does its existence raise more questions than answers?

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Pedro Domínguez

Pedro Domínguez

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