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Astronomers discover the fastest-growing black hole ever

Astronomers discover the fastest-growing black hole ever

New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer tweeted in response to the ANU press release stating: "Astronomers find a hungry black hole that could gobble up our sun in two days".

He said instruments being built over the next decade would also be able to directly measure the expansion of the universe using bright black holes like the one just discovered.

Christian Wolf of the ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics said.

With giant new ground-based telescopes now under construction, scientists will also be able to use bright, distant objects like this voracious black hole to measure the universe's expansion, the researchers said.

If this shining, feeding black hole, also called a quasar, were at the center of our Milky Way, it would likely make Earth uninhabitable due to the X-rays emitted by it, Wolf added in the Australian National University statement.

"Surprisingly we have found such massive black holes already in the early universe, just 800 million years after the Big Bang".

He adds that "if we had this monster sitting at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon".

Supermassive black holes, or quasars, like this one, are hard to find among the billions of stars spread across the cosmos.

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Astronomers estimate that this mystifying quasar is 20 billion times the mass of our sun and is growing at an incredibly fast rate of one percent every one million years.

Dr Wolf said compiling a complete inventory would hopefully take less than three years, with the ANU's SkyMapper telescope and the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite making the task more achievable than it would have been in the past. "It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky".

This is the first monster black hole ever spotted by researchers.

"As the universe expands, space expands and that stretches the light waves and changes their color", Wolf clarified.

Wolf's team discovered the black hole while they were searching for it using the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales.

The capsule, he said, helped to confirm that the far-away object was a candidate to be a very large quasar.

"There's a big mystery about how these supermassive black holes form, because we don't understand how something could get that big that quickly; our normal theories don't work", she says.

The findings have been accepted for publication in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA).


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