A Primordial Quasar - The nearest quasars are now known to be supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Gas and dust that falls toward a quasar glows brightly, sometimes outglowing the entire home galaxy. The quasars that formed in the first billion years of the universe are more mysterious, though, with even the nature of the surrounding gas still unknown.
"mystic mountain" -- photos of space
Astronomers report seeing supermassive black hole swallowing star: The unprecedented sight was revealed in bursts of radiation from a constellation 4.5 billion light-years away, scientists say in the journal Nature. Image: An artist’s rendering of a burst of radiation released as a supermassive black hole consumes a star. Credit: Amadeo Bachar / Nature (Source: Los Angeles Times)