By Mark Durré <email@example.com> and Jeremy Mould <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Artist's impression of the jet from a supermassive black hole. Image credit: ESO
We are engaged in The Southern Hemisphere Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Infrared Survey. Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 (NLSy1) galaxies may be a young, fast-growing phase of active galactic nuclei (AGN).
By Christopher Onken <email@example.com>
Space is big. It’s so big that the brightest known object in the Universe can be so far away that it looks to us like a dim, red pinpoint as shown in the image above. Not much different from the multitude of small red stars that make up the bulk of the Milky Way. But with the X-shooter instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, we’ve discovered that the black hole powering this brightest of objects, the quasar SMSS J2157-3602, has a mass of 34 billion solar masses – the biggest black hole in the early universe!
Michael Murphy is the Australian representative on the ESO Science Technical Committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org