Scientists have discovered 83 supermassive black holes nearly as old as the known universe. These black holes in this study were identified by their luminosity – the red dots of light in the image at the head of this article. Each of these dots is a super bright, super luminous active nucleus of energy, forming a supermassive black hole. Gas accretes onto the center, light blasts out.
The team responsible for the reports released this week worked with three major telescopes. Those telescopes were the Subaru Telescope; the Gemini South Telescope in Chile; and the Gran Telescopio Canarias on La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. They observed candidates for potential black hole activity using data obtained with the HSC.
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