Oldest quasar, supermassive black hole discovered in distant universe

  • This artist’s impression of quasar J0313-1806 shows the supermassive black hole and the extremely high velocity wind. The quasar, seen just 670 million years after the Big Bang, is 1,000 times more luminous than the Milky Way, and is powered by the earliest known supermassive black hole, which weighs in at more than 1.6 billion times the mass of the Sun. (NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The most distant quasar known has been discovered.