Andy Goulding and International Team Discover the Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Ever Found

Nov. 15, 2023

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Research Scholar Andy Goulding worked with an international team of astrophysicists to find an active galaxy powered by a supermassive black hole 10 to 100 million times more massive than our sun.  The black hole lies in the distant galaxy UZ-1 with a redshift of 10.1.  This redshift corresponds to a time when the universe was less than 500 million years old.  The discovery of this black hole is helping researchers learn more about how black holes are formed in the early universe.

Great work, Andy!

More information on the discovery can be found on the Princeton and NASA websites.

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