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Fastest Growing Black Hole Has Been Discovered

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Fastest Growing Black Hole Has Been Discovered

Amanda Swank, Author

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Scientists have recently discovered a supermassive black hole (also known as a quasar) with data from a telescope called the SkyMapper. Research shows that the energy emitted from this black hole is mostly ultraviolet, but also releases X-rays.

The SkyMapper, located at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory.

This black hole, named QSO SMSS J215728.21-360215.1, is about the size of 20 billion suns, and expands at the rate of 200 million suns over the span of a million years! Another piece of terrifying information is that this particular black hole absorbs the equivalent to 2x our Sun every 2 days!

 

Using the Gaia satellite to determine the light had come from billions of years away, scientists have concluded that this black hole is “incredibly distant” as well as supermassive. Distant black holes, similar to this one, can assist astronomers in studying the universe, as researchers can spot shadows of other space objects, and their radiation clears away obscuring gas.

Scientists believe that if this giant vacuum was located in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, that life on Earth would not exist, due to the enormous amounts of X-rays coming from it.

To see a simulation of falling into a black hole, watch this video (above)!

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