Published on : May 16, 2018
Researchers from Australia National University (ANU) have come across the most rapidly growing black hole ever witnessed in history. Scientists and observers are describing the black hole as a voraciously hungry monster, consuming everything that comes in its path, and is sucking in volumes equivalent to nearly twice our sun’s mass. With so much material getting sucked in, the object qualifies as a quasar, one of the rarest and brightest celestial objects, known to sit in the centre of galaxies.
The astronomers reckon that it observing this black hole is good as observing a phenomenon from 12 billion years ago, as the black hole is nearly 12 billion light years across space. The monstrous hole is only visible due to its incredible brightness. Researchers says that the brightness of the black hole is beyond thousand times of our galaxy, reflecting how swiftly it is gobbling up celestial things, as mentioned by Dr Wolf, from ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Not only that, it would also wipe out all life on Earth, thanks to the X-rays being beamed out as the black hole goes on its matter feeding frenzy. Lucky for us we've got that 12 billion-year buffer.
The SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory detected this light in the near-infrared, as the light waves had red-shifted over the billions of light years to Earth.
“As the Universe expands, space expands and that stretches the light waves and changes their colour," Dr Wolf said. He also confirmed that their satellite, Gaia, found the black hole sitting still, and placing it quite far away. He discusses how black holes are essential in the understanding and comprehending of our galactic as well as outer space components, and possibly the beginning of life forms.