Scientists detect ultra-rare ‘transitioning red quasar’ from the dawn of the universe

Astronomers have discovered a dusty, red object 13 billion light-years from Earth that may be the earliest known ancestor of a supermassive black hole.

The ancient object shows characteristics that fall between dusty, star-forming galaxies and brightly glowing black holes known as quasars, according to the authors of a new study, published April 13 in the journal Nature. Born just 750 million years after the big Bangduring an epoch called the “cosmic dawn,” the object appears to be the first direct evidence of an early galaxy weaving stardust into the foundations of a supermassive black hole.

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