Birth of Giants: Supermassive black holes formed differently than previously thought

New discoveries suggest that supermassive black holes formed differently thanpreviously thought. Orsolya Kovács from Masaryk University, who discovered one of the distant "giants" with the Chandra satellite and the James Webb Telescope, has published her findings in the prestigious Astrophysical Journal Letters.

5 Jun 2024 Norbert Werner Leoš Verner

The distant galaxy, UHZ1, was initially discovered in the infrared band by the James Webb Space Telescope, while later observations with Chandra found strong X-ray emission from an accreting supermassive black hole. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/Ákos Bogdán; Infrared: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI; Image Processing: NASA/CXC/SAO/L. Frattare & K. Arcand

The Chandra X-ray Observatory, in conjunction with the James Webb Space Telescope, has detected two supermassive black holes in the past six months, remarkably close to the epoch of their formation, when the universe was about 500 million years old. The analysis of the data obtained by the Chandra satellite was carried out by Orsolya Kovács from the High Energy Astrophysics Research Group, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University.

Details of her work have been published by Orsoloya Kovacs HERE.

Orsolya Eszter Kovács. Photo: Orsoloya Kovács archive

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