Fastest growing black hole of the universe discovered

Fastest growing black hole of the universe discovered

The black hole is more than 12 billion light-years away and is now the size of 20 billion suns.

Dr Wolf and his team have spent six months searching for "exceedingly rare" large and rapidly-growing black holes using the state-of-the-art SkyMapper telescope.

A group of astronomers discovered the fastest growing black hole in the Universe known until now, which absorbs a mass equivalent to the Sun every two days, academic sources in Australia reported today.

We often think of a black hole as the darkest object in the universe, consuming even the light that comes near it.

Astrophysics used the recently released data of the Gaia satellite to confirm that a glowing object really is a black hole with a mass of about 20 billion suns. Fast-growing supermassive black holes also help to clear the fog around them by ionising gases, which makes the universe more transparent.

Not that you'd know, because the x-rays emanating from it would make life on Earth impossible. They looked at the quasar named SMSS~J215728.21-360215.1, and in its center, they saw a supermassive black hole that shines brightly.

Black holes have a speed limit that determines how fast they grow, which is proportional to their mass. "It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky", he added.

"Maybe this will tell us something insane about the Big Bang that we never dreamt of or thought possible", he said.

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While unnamed, Wolf refers to the black hole as a "monster".

"We're now trying to get demographics on the most extreme black holes that are out there so we can create a complete inventory". "It is very far away", he says.

Supermassive black holes are incredibly dense areas in the centre of galaxies with masses that can be billions of times that of the sun. "We do not know how it grew so much and so fast in the first stage of the Universe", said the scientist.

It's shining 10 times more brightly than a full moon, and if the black hole was in our own Milky Way galaxy, it would have blasted all life off our planet with X-Rays, the scientists say.

A black hole is an object with such overwhelmingly powerful gravity that not even particles of light can escape.

Wolf said it's likely that there are more of these massive black holes in the universe.

He has worked as a journalist in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and joined the Times in March 2018. They are also useful as bright reference points for Global Positioning System and space navigation, and could provide the most sensitive measurements of the rate of expansion.

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