An international team of astronomers says they have discovered a very fast-growing black hole. It has a mass of three billion suns, swallows the equivalent of a planet per second, and shines 7,000 times brighter than all the light in our galaxy, according to the group he leads Astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU) in the Australian capital Canberra on Wednesday.
Other black holes of similar size would have stopped growing at this rate billions of years ago, the statement said. The results of the research have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
According to astronomers, a black hole can easily be seen by anyone who builds a good telescope in a dark place. It is 500 times larger than the black hole in our galaxy.
Principal investigator Christopher Onken of ANU described the discovery as “a very large and unexpected needle in a haystack” that “slid through” unnoticed years of space exploration. It is possible that two large galaxies collided and threw a lot of material into the black hole to feed it, he predicted. (dpa, apa)
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