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NASA, ESA and others' spacecraft and telescopes find new planet, make sense of old ones and solve cosmic mysteries

Now that's a black hole: Astronomers from the University of Arizona this month said they observed what appear to be two of the earliest and most primitive supermassive black holes known. The discovery, based largely on observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, will provide a better understanding of the roots of our universe, and how the very first black holes, galaxies and stars all came to be, researchers stated. The monstrous black holes are among the most distant known, and appear to be in the very earliest stages of formation than any observed so far. Unlike all other supermassive black holes probed to date, this primitive duo, called J0005-0006 and J0303-0019, lacks dust, researchers said. The picture is an artist's rendering.

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