Astronomy Big black hole has an appetite like a bottomless pit

Big black hole has an appetite like a bottomless pit

The fastest growing black hole in the Universe is exceedingly hungry and gorges on approximately one sun every day.

The Australian National University’s Dr Christopher Onken and his team discovered the hungry beast back in 2018 and have been studying it ever since.

They now know the black hole is 34 billion times the mass of our sun and it’s 8,000 times bigger than our own black hole in the centre of the Milky Way.

“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,” Dr Onken said.

“With such an enormous black hole, we’re also excited to see what we can learn about the galaxy in which it’s growing.”

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