Astronomers discovered the fastest growing supermassive black hole in the universe, swallowing a mass of stars the Sun two days ago.
The voracious monster black hole was discovered when the team observed the cosmic area 12 billion light-years away. They could see this black hole because it was unusually bright. If the black hole is in the Milky Way, seen from the Earth it will be 10 times brighter than the full moon, overshadowing all the stars in the night sky, according to Science Alert. The research results are published in arXiv.org magazine.
Simulate black holes glowing when eating stars.(Artwork: NASA).
Scientists estimate that the new black supermodel, named QSO SMSS J215728.21-360215.1, is about 20 billion times more massive than the Sun and constantly growing at a rate of 1% after millions of years. "The black hole is so fast that it is thousands of times brighter than an entire galaxy, due to all the gas that it absorbs every day, creates a lot of friction and heat," said Christian Wolf at the National University. Australia (ANU), team member, said.
can erase all life on Earth due to X-rays emitted when it absorbs matter. Because so many substances are absorbed, it is classified as quasar, one of the rarest and brightest objects in the center of galaxies. Quasars are determined by data from Gaia satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) of the US Aerospace Agency (NASA) and telescope. ANU's SkyMapper.
Up to now, very few quasars and such large black supermasses have been found. The challenge for researchers is to find out how these objects can grow incredibly fast in the early universe.