Astronomers have spotted 82 supermassive black holes by peering so far into space they were actually looking at the very beginning of our universe.
When a supermassive black holes feasts on nearby matter, it releases vast amounts of energy in the form of bright light – which is a phenomenon called a quasar.
‘Supermassive black holes are found at the centres of galaxies, and have masses millions or even billions of times that of the sun,’ the National Institutes of Natural Sciences wrote in a statement.
MORE: Black holes have relatives called ‘white holes’ and they’re a lot nicer MORE: A black hole big enough to eat Earth is ‘wandering’ around the Milky Way ‘We cannot observe black holes directly, but when a large quantity of matter falls into a supermassive black hole it releases energy as a bright light that can be seen from across the Universe.
Analysis showed the distance between the holes is one billion light years, which should help to give you a sense of the mindboggling scale of the universe.