The fastest-growing Black hole known to humans is astonishingly large . Apparently very hungry, according to new research from an international team of astronomers.
The yawning void known as J2157 eats stars like ours for breakfast . Simply,it eats mass equivalent of a sun daily.
What Researchers think about it-
To localize it even further, the yawning void, known as J2157, is 34 billion times the mass of our sun and consumes the equivalent of one sun each day.
“If the Milky Way’s black hole wanted to grow that fat, it would have to swallow two-thirds of all the stars in our galaxy,” Onken adds.
Onken and his team discovered the black hole in 2018. They were astonished due to its fast growth rate.
“How much black holes can swallow depends on how much mass they already have,” explained team member Fuyan Bian (ESO). “So, for this one to be devouring matter at such high rate, we thought it could become a new record holder. And now we know.
The team used the ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile to get accurate data on the J2157 mass. Their results appear in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Fortunately for us, the behemoth of a black hole is billions of light-years away . Means the researchers are seeing it when the universe was very young. A black hole so massive in early period in the history of the universe is one intriguing mystery for team.
“Is this galaxy one of the behemoths of the early universe,” Onken asks, “or did the J2157 just swallow up an extraordinary amount of its surroundings? We’ll have to keep digging to figure that out.”
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