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SkyMapper Telescope Detects Fastest Growing Black Hole In The Universe

Saturday 19/May/2018 - 11:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Astronomers have detected the fastest growing black hole ever known in the universe that is capable of engulfing matter equivalent to the size of the sun every two days، as the Technical Times said.
This supermassive black hole is about the size of 20 billion stars، and it continues to grow at a rate of 1 percent per 1 million years. It emits light that is a thousand times brighter than an entire galaxy due to the heat and friction caused by all the gases it absorbed.
"If we had this monster sitting at the center of our Milky Way galaxy، it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon. It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would almost wash out all of the stars in the sky،" said Dr. Christian Wolf، from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra.
The energy coming from the quasar or black hole is mostly ultraviolet light and radiated x-rays. Experts said if the black hole exists in the Milky Way galaxy، life would be impossible on Earth.
The study was published May 11 in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
Detecting The Massive Black Hole
Wolf's team discovered the black hole while they were searching for it using the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran، New South Wales.

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