Scientists Discover Black Hole 12 Billion Times Larger Than the Sun
An incredible discovery in outer space has scientists abuzz.
Astronomers have found what they're calling a black hole 12 billion times the size of the Sun.
They believe it may have been formed after the first stars and galaxies emerged after the Big Bang gave birth to our universe.
Former astronaut Tom Jones spoke with Uma Pemmaraju on "America's News Headquarters" today about this amazing discovery and why it has scientists so excited.
"It's a massive black hole very early in the birth of the universe, only 900 million years after the Big Bang," Jones explained. "So how something could get so massive and so big so fast is what's challenging astronomers. And we're actually getting back to the point where we can see the birth of the first galaxies now with the big ground-based telescopes and the Hubble."
Jones explained that astronomers are looking back almost 13 billion years into the past, probing with light-gathering telescopes.
"Unraveling this very early age of the universe is what this is all about," he said.
Watch more above to see Jones weigh in on tomorrow's scheduled space walk and the death of Leonard Nimoy.