Source: ESO Science Release eso1122
An artist’s rendering of the most distant quasar.
Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser.
A team of European astronomers has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope and a host of other telescopes to discover and study the most distant quasar found to date. This brilliant beacon, powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun, is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe. The results will appear in the 30 June 2011 issue of the journal Nature. (read more)