Scientists Spot Universe's Fastest-Growing Black Hole

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A team of Australian scientists have just discovered a monster black hole that would be ready to engorge our Sun anytime.

Researchers spotted the incredible supermassive black hole using the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory, peeing more than 12 billion years into the universe's past.

Researchers used newly released data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite to confirm that the brightly shining object is a black hole, which appears to have been the mass of about 20 billion suns when the light was released and was growing by 1 percent every million years, researchers said in a statement released today (May 15).

Christian Wolf at the Australian National University (ANU) said that no one has an idea as to how the object grew to be so big so fast in the Universe's early days. This even helped in detecting it as the light waves generated from that black hole get red-shifted at the time of their prolonged journey to the Earth.

'If we had this monster sitting at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon.

But it wouldn't much matter, since the oodles of x-rays emanating from this great void would probably make life on Earth impossible.

Dubbed J215728.21-360215.1, the supermassive black hole was recently noticed by the before-mentioned Dr. Wolf and his colleagues.


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

"What's really important in this business is how to actually find the most massive ones because they are the hardest ones to explain", he told ABC News Australia. It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky, "said Christian Wolf, lead author of the study and a researcher from the Australian National University. It is very far away", he says.

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"The hunt is on to find even faster-growing black holes", said Wolf.

According to the scientists, we are fortunate that this mega black hole is not sitting at the center of our galaxy.

But astronomers have spotted the fastest growing back hole ever seen and its voracious appetite actually makes it shine nearly inconceivably bright. He has worked as a journalist in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and joined the Times in March 2018.

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