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Most Distant Quasar Found

3 Jul 2011, 21:35 UTC
Most Distant Quasar Found
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Image of the new most distant quasar ULAS J1120+0641. The quasar is the red dot near the center of the image. This picture is a composite made from images taken with the Liverpool Telescope and the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. The quasar lies in the constellation Leo, afew degrees from the galaxy M66. Image Credit: UKIRT/Liverpool Telescope.An international team of astronomers announced today the discovery of the most distant known super massive black hole shown as a luminous quasar caused by the gas falling into the black hole. Using data from an ongoing infrared sky survey conducted by the UK Infrared Telescope in conjunction with confirmation observations with the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The light from the quasar began its journey to reach earth when the universe was only 6% of its present age, about 770 million years after the Big Bang. The new quasar provides opportunity to allow scientists to measure the conditions in the gas that the light from the quasar passes through on its way to planet earth. The quasar's light is hundreds of times brighter than anything else yet discovered at such a great distance. This can tell us for the first ...

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