Fastest Growing Black Hole Is Devouring The 1 Earth Per Second

The new supermassive black hole discovered by astronomers at the ANU (Australian National University) is actually the largest black hole ever spotted.

Fastest Growing Black Hole Is Devouring The 1 Earth Per Second

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This fastest-growing gargantuan black hole is swallowing the equivalent of an entire Earth each second and it has been powering an ultrabright quasar for 9 billion years. The black hole gorges via a process called accretion, in which it siphons matter from a thin disk of gas and dust rotating around the massive object. This discovery was made by Astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU).

Size of this Black Hole

This supermassive black hole has a mass 3 billion times that of the sun. Researchers tell that other black holes of a similar size stopped growing billions of years ago, but this newly discovered black hole is still getting larger.

Now this black hole has become 500 times larger than Sagittarius A*,   the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way,  and would fit our whole solar system behind its event horizon(the boundary of any black hole beyond which nothing can escape).

Who discovered this colossal Black Hole?

The discovery of this colossal black hole that is devouring the cosmos was done as part of the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey which is conducted by the 1.3-meter (4.3 feet) telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia by astronomers at the ANU (Australian National University). And the detailed paper on this discovery was submitted to the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. The research was published in the arXiv database. 

How Black Hole become this Big?

There is no proper proof but there are many predictions being made by Astronomers. In one statement ANU(Australian National University) stated that “Perhaps two big galaxies crashed into each other, funneling a whole lot of material onto the black hole to feed it.” 

Lead Researcher at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics said “Now, we want to know why this one is different  —  did something catastrophic happen?”. He also said that “it is like finding a “very large, unexpected needle in the haystack.”

How Black Hole become this Big?

There is no proper proof but there are many predictions being made by Astronomers. In one statement ANU(Australian National University) stated that “Perhaps two big galaxies collided into each other, funneling a whole lot of material onto the black hole to feed it.” 

Lead Researcher at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics said “Now, we want to know why this one is different  —  did something catastrophic happen?”. He also said that “it is like finding a “very large, unexpected needle in the haystack.”

Age and Brightness of this newly found Black Hole

Astronomers describe that this most rapidly growing black hole was found to exist in the past 9 billion years.

The rapid growth of matter to the surface of the black hole has also resulted in a quasar blasting out enough energy to make it 7,000 times brighter than the light from every star in the Milky Way. When viewed from Earth this quasar has a brightness  of magnitude of 14.5, it is only slightly dimmer than Pluto and bright enough to potentially be spotted by astronomers with good telescopes in a very dark area. 

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