Monster black hole discovered growing very fast - far, far away

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"The hunt is on to find even faster-growing black holes".

There is a supermassive black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, but compared to this one, it's a lightweight.

And it's a good thing this monster black hole isn't at the centre of our Milky Way.

"Scientists can see the shadows of objects in front of the supermassive black hole", he said.

This supermassive monster also happens to be the fastest-growing black hole ever seen, devouring the equivalent of the Sun every two days. There is a limit that astrophysics is called the Eddington limit, at which the matter starts to accumulate in the vicinity of the black hole in the form of a hot "doughnut" made of matter, accretion disk, where matter particles RUB against each other, are heated to ultrahigh temperatures and emitted a black hole in space. The black hole is about 20 billion times bigger than the Sun and growing at an unbelievable speed - 1% with each passing million years.

"It would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon and nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky". "Its growth rate, half a solar mass per day, is nearly double the previous record", explained the scientists. In fact, the supermassive black hole is so far away that its ultraviolet light red-shifted before it reached our planet and was picked up by the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory.

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According to the scientists, we are fortunate that this mega black hole is not sitting at the center of our galaxy.

This makes the newfound giant black hole the fastest-growing quasar in the known universe. "It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky".

"As the Universe expands, space expands and that stretches the light waves and changes their color", Wolf added. The studied black hole reportedly draws off light of large amounts thereby outshining the entire galaxy.

"What's really important in this business is how to actually find the most massive ones because they are the hardest ones to explain", he told ABC News Australia.

Dr Wolf said the Gaia satellite confirmed the object that they had found was sitting still, meaning that it was far away and it was a candidate to be a very large quasar. Improved technology on ground-based telescopes coming online over the next decade will also be able to directly measure the expansion of the universe using the very bright black holes.

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