Super Black Hole found


Super black hole a “headache” for astronomers

June 29, 2011
World Science staff

As­tro­no­mers have found a mam­moth ob­ject that smashes records for dis­tance and bright­ness and could shed light on a never-seen early stage of cos­mic his­tory. But it al­so deep­ens a con­un­drum.

Cur­rent phys­i­cal the­o­ries don’t ac­count for such huge ob­jects ap­pear­ing as early in the his­to­ry of the un­iverse as this one is. The time of its ap­pear­ance can be es­ti­mat­ed by its dis­tance.

“This gives as­tro­no­mers a head­ache,” said Dan­iel Mort­lock of Im­pe­ri­al Col­lege Lon­don, one of the dis­cov­er­ers and lead au­thor of a pa­per re­port­ing the find in the June 30 is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Na­ture.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand,” he ex­plained, how some­thing “a bil­lion times more mas­sive than the Sun can have grown so early in the his­to­ry of the un­iverse. It’s like roll­ing a snow­ball down the hill and sud­denly you find that it’s 20 feet across.”

This is­n’t the first time that prob­lem has come up; as­tro­no­mers have been work­ing on the­o­ries to ad­dress it. But the new ob­ject, the bright­est known by far so early in the his­tory of the uni­verse, is per­haps the most dra­mat­ic ex­am­ple of the prob­lem.

There are pictures for the stupid amongst us. ;D

oh, I thought it was Robert Mugabe

In the science section? ???

well, he is clinically insane…

Actually, he’s clinically megalomaniac, ergo easy to confuse with a super-massive quasi-stellar object.