Scientists just found a very huge, very young supermassive black hole. As far as we know, it shouldn’t be able to exist, and it just might re-write our understanding of the early universe.
It is the most distant black hole ever seen by scientists. And it is so far away that we are seeing something that formed when the universe was only five per cent of its current age – something that scientists say shouldn’t be able to happen.
Our understandings of the formation and beginnings of the universe suggest that a black hole with such a huge mass shouldn’t actually