On December 6 2017, NASA announced that astronomers have discovered the farthest known supermassive black hole. Using his Magellan telescope (make page for telescopes), Eduardo BaƱados and his team uncovered this celestial monster about 13 billion light-years away from our beloved planet.
Being about 800 million times more massive than our Sun, the black hole was found located in a Quasar, a bright and distant celestial object that dates back to the birth of the universe. Supermassive black holes power quasars, similarly to how they hold together galaxies at their centers. This particular quasar shines at the power of 40 trillion suns. Studying discoveries such as these helps astronomers create an image of how the Universe began, and how it continues to change overtime. There is said to be around 50,000 known Quasar to be floating around in the dark abyss, though one can only wonder how many there truly are.