James Webb discovers the oldest and most distant black hole ever seen

Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a team of astronomers has discovered the most distant and oldest black hole ever observed, as it devours its host galaxy.
The black hole studied, which is seen as it was just 400 million years after the big Bang, could help explain how supermassive black holes grew so quickly, reported the middle space. In addition, the discovery could represent a breakthrough in understanding how supermassive black holes reached masses equivalent to millions or billions of times that of the Sun in the early Universe.
The phenomenon is found in the ancient galaxy GN-z11, which is 13.4 billion light years. The black hole itself is about six million times more massive than the Sun and appears to be feeding on matter from its surrounding galaxy five times faster than the limit suggested by current theories.
Roberto Maiolino, from the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge and head of the research team, described the discovery as “a gigantic advance” for black hole science.
© Photo: NASA, ESA, and P. Oesch (Yale University)
“It's too early in the Universe to see a black hole that big, so we have to look at other ways they could have formed. (…) The first galaxies were extremely rich in gas, so they would have been like a buffet for black holes,” Maiolino said in a statement.
The size of the first supermassive black holes that formed when the Universe was less than a billion years old is a problem for formation theories, because to reach a mass millions or billions of times greater than that of the Sun they must pass billions of years constant feeding.
Octavio Alonso