After resilient efforts, astronomers have emerged with the farthest known source of radio emissions in the universe. The source that originates from about 13 billion light-years away is known as a galaxy-swallowing supermassive black hole.
The discovery of the universe’s most powerful particle accelerators took some extended time to figure out the exact source from where radio emissions were generated. The source found is a quasar 13 billion light-years away from Earth spewing jets of particles at nearly the speed of light.
“When galaxies like the Milky Way are too faint to be detected and studied at these distances, we can use these very luminous quasars to study when the universe was very young. We’re talking about a time when the first stars and galaxies formed,” said Chiara Mazzucchelli, who led the Discovery along with other prominent scientists of the global world.
The quasar is named P172+18 and is known as a relic from around 780 million years. The evolution was made after the Big Bang revealed clues about one of the pre-existing ages of the universe, the epoch of reionization. The light transmission at that age was quickly absorbed by the neutrally charged gas, and this is why the scientists referred to this time period as the universe’s dark ages.
The astronomers compared their recent inventions with a survey of the sky taken more than two decades before, they concluded that the quasar had lost its illuminated sights, signaling that the quasar was evidently reaching the last phases of its life.