Scientists have discovered a black hole that formed 750 million years after the Big Bang. They suggest that their discovery may change the idea of how galaxies were created.
What is known
A supermassive black hole has been discovered at the center of the ancient galaxy COS-87259. For this, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope was used. The mass of a black hole exceeds the mass of the Sun by 1 billion times.
Researchers believe that many such objects existed in the early universe, but do not know what caused it. The discovered supermassive black hole continues to absorb everything that is around it.
Scientists have simulated the first 1 billion years of the existence of the universe. It demonstrates that clouds of gas could merge into stars, which died and turned into black holes. After that, they collided with each other, due to which even more black holes formed throughout the universe. However, for researchers it is a mystery how they managed to quickly spread through the early Universe.
If scientists can solve this riddle, then they will be able to answer the question of how the process of galaxy formation took place at the dawn of the existence of our Universe. The discovery made with ALMA could ultimately change humanity’s view of the cosmos.
Perhaps this is due to the very rapid formation of stars at this stage of development. In particular, in the investigated galaxy COS-87259, stars were created 1000 times faster than in the Milky Way (1-2 per year).
Source: Live Science