Maunakea observatories have hand in discovery

An artist’s impression of the formation of the quasar Poniuaʻena, starting with a seed black hole 100 million years after the Big Bang (left), then growing into a billion solar mass black hole 700 million years after the Big Bang (right). Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld

A trio of Maunakea observatories — and one Chilean observatory — discovered a celestial object only 700 million years younger than the universe itself.