A SUPER MASSIVE black hole has been discovered in the night sky, occupying Earth-sized chunks of the Universe.
The black hole has some of the most unique properties in the known universe.
In a study of the black hole, researchers found that it is the brightest of its kind in the past nine billion years.
Lead researcher Dr. Christopher Onken, in an Australian National University press release, said the discovery was like “a very large, unexpected needle in a haystack”.
Space.com reported that the newly discovered black hole is 500 times larger than the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
“Astronomers have been searching for objects like this for more than 50 years. They found thousands of fainter ones, but this amazingly bright one slipped through unnoticed,” Onken added.
The black hole is eight times brighter than 3C 273, the very first quasar discovered, which is also known for its intense luminosity.
“Now we want to know why this one is different – did something catastrophic happen? Maybe two large galaxies collided and threw a whole lot of material at the black hole to feed it,” Onken said.
The black hole is so large that our entire solar system could fit beyond its event horizon—not even light can escape the hole’s gravitational pull once it passes that demarcation line.
“We are quite confident that this record will not be broken. We’ve essentially run out of skies for objects like this to be hiding in,” added a study co-author.
The hole is also a quasar, designated J114447.77-430859.3.
Quasars are mysterious celestial objects that eject particles at nearly the speed of light as they break away from the edges of the black hole.
“Quasars are capable of emitting hundreds or even thousands of times the total energy output of our galaxy, making them some of the most luminous and energetic objects in the entire universe,” Nasa wrote in a blog post about the Hubble telescope.
dr Onken and his team said the newly discovered quasar is so bright it can be observed with amateur telescopes in areas with little light pollution.
Although it only appears as a dot in the sky, J114447.77-430859.3 has more mass than two trillion Jupiters based on numbers reported by Phys.org.
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5576489/black-hole-earth-sized-mass-of-space-per-second/ The fastest-growing black hole has been discovered, consuming an Earth-sized mass of space every second