Researchers have discovered the fastest growing black hole ever found; It devours every two days a mass that corresponds to the sun of the earth.
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Researchers have discovered the fastest growing black hole ̵
The researchers used newly released data from the European Space Agency Gaia satellite to confirm that the brightly lit object is a black hole that was about 20 billion suns in light. "This black hole is growing so fast that It blazes thousands of times brighter than an entire galaxy, "researchers said in a statement released today (May 15), the gases it draws in daily cause a lot of friction and heat," said Christian Wolf, an astronomer at the Australian National University and First author of the new research, in explanation. [The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe]
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"We do not know how it got so big in the early days of the universe, so fast," Wolf said. "The hunt continues to find even faster growing black holes."
Wolf added that distant black holes like this could help scientists to study the early universe. Researchers can see the shadows of other objects in front of the black holes, and their radiation also helps to remove darkened gas.
With huge new ground-based telescopes under construction, scientists will be able to use bright, distant objects, such as this gluttonous black hole, to measure the expansion of the universe, the researchers said.
The new work was accepted in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.