Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ancient Quasar Puzzles

Most Distant Quasar Raises Questions

A gigantic primordial quasar has been detected in the far reaches of the universe, only some 770 million years after the "big bang". If the findings are accurate, this may lead scientists to redefine how they think black holes of this size can form in such a short period of time. One of the studies going on at the Large Hadron Collider is seeing if atom-sized black holes are created by smashing particles together at near the speed of light, a discovery there could help our understanding of the formations of black holes in the early universe. In a side note, I highly recommend the tv series "Through the Worm Hole with Morgan Freeman". It is an excellent excellent show on some of the most exciting topics in the science world today, from time to extra dimensions, to whether humans have souls.

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