Big Isle telescope discovers giant galaxy, huge black hole | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Big Isle telescope discovers giant galaxy, huge black hole

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists using the Subaru telescope on the Big Island reported the discovery of a giant galaxy surrounding the most distant supermassive black hole ever found.

The galaxy located 12.8 billion light-years from Earth is as large as our own Milky Way galaxy, the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy said Wednesday. The universe itself is thought to be 13.7 billion years old.

''It is surprising that such a giant galaxy existed when the universe was only one-sixteenth of its present age, and that it hosted a black hole 1 billion times more massive than the sun. The galaxy and black hole must have formed very rapidly in the early universe,'' University of Hawaii astronomer Tomotsugu Goto said.

Scientists need knowledge of host galaxies of supermassive black holes to solve the long-standing mystery of how they evolved together, the institute said.

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