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Researchers found an ancient celestial object that might give glimpse into the ...


A quasar is a massive and extremely remote celestial object, emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy, and typically having a star-like image in a telescope.


The Gemini observations provide critical pieces of the puzzle in confirming this celestial object as the brightest appearing quasar so early in the history of the universe, raising hopes that more sources like this will be found.


Before the cosmos reached its billionth birthday, some of the very first bits of cosmic light began a long journey through the expanding universe.


Researchers found that the quasar is located extremely far back in time and space -- shortly after what is known as the Epoch of Reionization -- when the very first light emerged from the Big Bang.


The intense brilliance of the quasar, known as J0439+1634, also suggests that it is fueled by a supermassive black hole at the heart of a young forming galaxy.


The broad appearance of the magnesium fingerprint captured by the Gemini observatory also allowed astronomers to measure the mass of the quasar's supermassive black hole at 700 million times that of the Sun.






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