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Most Distant Quasar May Help Us Solve How Enormous Black Holes Form

The researchers calculated that in order for the black hole to grow so large, it couldn’t have formed from a collapsed star like smaller black holes do. Instead, it must have started out with a “seed” black hole more than 10,000 times as massive as the sun, which could have been formed as a huge amount of gas collapsed under its own gravity. The quasar is also blasting out superheated gas that is moving at one fifth of the speed of light. This quasar wind may eventually slow down star formation in its host galaxy, as stars need that gas to form.

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