Astronomers recently discovered a massive black hole that is as terrifying as it is amazing. A team at ANU, or Australian National University, found what is now being described as the fastest-growing black hole known in the Universe. They say that this supermassive black hole is "a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days.”
Speaking of the sun, the scientists looked back over 12 billion years to when the black hole was the size of 20 billion suns. Since then it has grown at the rate of one percent every million years. Dr. Wolf, from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, reported that, "This black hole is growing so rapidly that it's shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy, due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat.” He then went on to explain that if it was in the middle of our Milky Way galaxy, its brightness would be up to ten times brighter than a full moon and virtually eliminate the appearance of all the other stars in the sky. On top of this, that location would also make Earth basically uninhabitable due to the large amounts of the black hole’s emanating ultraviolet light and radiated x-rays.
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The supermassive black hole, which is also known as a quasar, was discovered and confirmed using high-tech equipment like The European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, as well as the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory. They’re still learning about this new discovery and looking forward to searching for more amazing finds across the Universe. Check out the video below to learn more...