Fast Growing Mega Black Hole Discovered by Researchers

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Luckily, the black hole sits far beyond.

"This black hole is growing so fast that it is shining thousands of times brighter than an entire galaxy".

ANU astronomer Dr Christian Wolf said if the hole was in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, we probably wouldn't be here. 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".

The supermassive black hole, or quasar, is thought to have been present in the early universe - when our now 13.8-billion-year-old universe was around 1.2 billion years old - and is such a monster, it swallows the mass of our own sun every two days.

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Keep in mind that the center of the Milky Way is about 26,000 light-years away from Earth.

Supermassive black holes are incredibly dense areas in the centre of galaxies with masses that can be billions of times that of the sun.

Wolf explains how they found the bright black hole. Wolf said that the reason is that the large amount of gases it takes in every day causes much heat and friction.

A team of scientists just discovered the fastest growing mega black hole in the universe to date.

These shiny supernovas can be used as beacons to identify and study the formation of elements in early galaxies of the universe; scientists can see shadows of objects in front of a supermassive black hole.

The black hole was first detected as near-infrared light by Dr Wolf and his colleagues using the SkyMapper telescope at ANU's Siding Spring Observatory.

Wolf said that with the expansion of the Universe, space gets expanded, which stretches the waves of light and transforms their color. Data from European Space Agency's Gaia satellite helped discover the black hole, and the spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 meter telescope confirmed the discovery. Meanwhile, the Gaia satellite, which measures tiny motions of celestial objects, identified the back hole as a stationary object, which suggested it was very large and very far away.

With giant new ground-based telescopes now under construction, scientists will also be able to use bright, distant objects like this voracious black hole to measure the universe's expansion, the researchers said.

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