<p>Images from three NASA observatories, including this picture of a blob of gas, have provided evidence that supermassive black holes in the early universe were born from <a href="http://arxiv.org/abs/1603.08522" target="_blank">the direct, rapid collapse of gas clouds</a>.</p>

A Monster Is Born

Images from three NASA observatories, including this picture of a blob of gas, have provided evidence that supermassive black holes in the early universe were born from the direct, rapid collapse of gas clouds.

Photograph by NASA/CXC/GSFC/B.Williams

Week's Best Space Pictures: How Huge Black Holes Are Born

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Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures.

This week, a NASA satellite monitors raging wildfires, a piece of space history parades through Los Angeles, and new images offer the best look yet at how supermassive black holes formed in the early universe.

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