The fastest-growing black hole in nine million years has been discovered by Australian researchers, according to ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr. Brad Tucker.
“A very interesting discovery, so using the Siding Spring SkyMapper telescope, they were able to find this black hole,” he told Sky News Australia.
“It’s a very big black hole, so it’s 500 times bigger than the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy and it eats about the size of Earth per second.”
Dr. Tucker said the discovery is part of “understanding how black holes grow,” as he believed they end up being small things because stars end their lives and over time they feed more to grow.
“When you find a black hole like this, that kind of push that limits the size you can get and how much you can eat, then it tells us a little bit about this process that unfolds in the history of the universe,” he said. .
“And I hope it sheds light on how these monsters get to the size they are.”