Some of the biggest questions hanging over modern cosmology and astrophysics focus on supermassive black holes. These monsters are known to hide in the cores of most galaxies, including our own, and we know that they can have the mass of a billion suns. Trying to explain how the supermassive black holes in our modern universe consumed enough matter to become so big is difficult enough, but finding an 800 million solar mass monster that existed only 690 million years after the Big Bang is a serious head-scratcher. How did this baby black hole grow so big so fast? … [Read more...] about Most Distant Black Hole Discovered, But Why Is It Such a Monster?