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This Black Hole Just Let Scientists Look Back in Time to the Dawn of Creation

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation.

It’s the farthest black hole ever found.

A team led by the Carnegie Observatories‘ Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang. That means the light from this quasar has been traveling our way for more than 13 billion years.

Banados said the quasar provides a unique baby picture of the universe, when it was just 5 percent of its current age.

It would be like seeing photos of a 50-year-old man when he was 2 1/2 years old, according to Banados.

“This discovery opens up an exciting new window to understand the early universe,” he said in an email from Pasadena, California.

Quasars are incredibly bright objects deep in the cosmos, powered by black holes devouring everything around them. That makes them perfect candidates for unraveling the mysteries of the earliest cosmic times.

The black hole in this newest, most distant quasar is 800 million times the mass of our sun.

Much bigger black holes are out there, but none so far away — at least among those found so far. These larger black holes have had more time to grow in the hearts of galaxies since the Big Bang, compared with the young one just observed.

Illustration by Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science

“The new quasar is itself one of the first galaxies, and yet it already harbors a behemoth black hole as massive as others in the present-day universe,” co-author Xiaohui Fan of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory said in a statement.

Around the time of this newest quasar, the universe was emerging from a so-called Dark Ages. Stars and galaxies were first appearing and their radiation ionizing the surrounding hydrogen gas to illuminate the cosmos.

Banados suspects there are more examples like this out there, between 20 and 100.

“The newfound quasar is so luminous and evolved that I would be surprised if this was the first quasar ever formed,” Banados said. “The universe is enormous and searching for these very rare objects is like looking for the needle in the haystack.”

Only one other quasar has been found in this ultra-distant category, despite extensive scanning. This newest quasar beats that previous record-holder by about 60 million years.

Still on the lookout, astronomers are uncertain how close they’ll get to the actual beginning of time, 13.8 billion years ago.

Banados and his team used the Carnegie’s Magellan telescopes in Chile, supported by observatories in Hawaii, the American Southwest and the French Alps.

Source: http://time.com/5052715/black-hole-discovery/

Supermassive Black Holes Spotted in Photo of Andromeda Are About to Collide in Megamerger
images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQr-cw_KNLT49lGRXrC8sESupermassive Black Holes Spotted in Photo of Andromeda Are About to Collide in Megamerger  NewsweekBinary Star System May Actually Be a Pair of Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes  GizmodoGiant black hole pair photobombs Andromeda galaxy  Astronomy Now OnlineFull coverage

Source: http://www.newsweek.com/supermassive-black-holes-collision-andromeda-728342

The 2017 supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo
images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRjJr9-3QesLtRq-RyWdzaThe 2017 supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo  FOX43.comCatch 2017's last supermoon on Dec. 3  KHOUOnly supermoon of this year is this weekend  STLtoday.comFull coverage

Source: http://fox43.com/2017/12/01/the-2017-supermoon-how-to-see-it-and-get-the-best-photo/

Now you can own NASA’s Golden Record on vinyl
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In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager 1 spacecraft out on a mission to the distant worlds of our solar system.

Nestled safely aboard the spacecraft sits the Golden Record, a collection of sounds and songs of Earth meticulously chosen by scientists to represent the best humanity has to offer. The record also includes a map pointing back to Earth, plus directions and tools needed to play it. 

SEE ALSO: Listen to the sounds NASA's Voyager spacecrafts carried to distant space

Today, Voyager 1 and its Golden Record are flying through interstellar space, billions of miles from Earth, but now you can own the Golden Record on vinyl in your own home. Read more...

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Source: http://mashable.com/2017/11/27/nasa-golden-record-on-vinyl/

Beautiful Saturn: Cassini Team Unveils Farewell Photo of Ringed Planet

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Beautiful Saturn: Cassini Team Unveils Farewell Photo of Ringed Planet  Space.comRussian Billionaire Yuri Milner Planning to Search Saturn Moon Enceladus for Alien Life Before NASA Can  NewsweekCassini Swan Song Image of Saturn Left Me Speechless  GizmodoNASA's Kilopower Program Can Help Colonize Mars  ValueWalkFull coverage

Source: https://www.space.com/38866-nasa-cassini-saturn-farewell-photo.html

Meet ‘Oumuamua, the first observed interstellar visitor to our solar system
images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSyDiSphsfgdlb40y3Eh0CMeet 'Oumuamua, the first observed interstellar visitor to our solar system  CNNBizarre shape of interstellar asteroid  BBC NewsWow! 1st Interstellar Asteroid Is a Spinning Space Cigar  Space.comThe First Interstellar Asteroid Is Like Nothing Astronomers Have Ever Seen  Popular MechanicsFull coverage

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/20/world/first-interstellar-object-solar-system/index.html

NASA Has Quite Literally Reinvented The Wheel

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NASA Has Quite Literally Reinvented The Wheel  HuffPost UKFlat Earth Conference: People paid as much as Rs 16000 for a seat to attend first such event  Moneycontrol.comFull coverage

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nasa-has-quite-literally-reinvented-the-wheel_uk_5a12ae23e4b0e97dffee4d44

NASA Pluto Photos: 5 Gorgeous Images Of The Dwarf Planet

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NASA Pluto Photos: 5 Gorgeous Images Of The Dwarf Planet  International Business TimesResearchers decode the mystery behind Pluto's super cold temperatures  International Business Times UKWhy so cold? Scientists solve mystery behind Pluto's frigid atmosphere  International Business Times, Singapore EditionFull coverage

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/nasa-pluto-photos-5-gorgeous-images-dwarf-planet-2616444

Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World?

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Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World?  GizmodoMETI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth  SlashGearCalifornia group serenades aliens with techno-pop  Ventura County StarHow we'll serenade aliens with music  The Mercury NewsFull coverage

Source: https://gizmodo.com/was-it-a-good-idea-to-beam-our-best-techno-to-an-alien-1820546627

Blazing meteorite lights up Arctic sky with “glow of 100 full moons”
images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS_LKvd4OzCKAIa--3Kjs4 Blazing meteorite lights up Arctic sky with "glow of 100 full moons"  CBS News100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky  Stuff.co.nzFinns scramble to calculate path of blazing Arctic meteorite  WHIOFull coverage

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/blazing-meteorite-lights-up-arctic-sky-with-glow-of-100-full-moons/

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