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Gargantua in the mist: A precocious black hole behemoth at the edge of cosmic dawn

(Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)) To understand when supermassive black holes first appeared, astronomers scan the skies for actively-feeding black holes (known as 'quasars') from the Universe's distant past. The latest discovery, by a team led by Eduardo Bañados (Carnegie Observatories) and published today in the journal Nature, is a record-breaker: J1342+0928, the most distant quasar known.
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