A team of Australian scientists have just discovered a monster black hole that would be ready to engorge our Sun anytime. The formation lies at the beginning of the universe, 12 billion light years away, and it has the fastest speed of growth ever seen.
The monster black hole would be capable of devouring our sun
While researchers were looking at the early universe, they stumbled upon this monster black hole. The impressive formation is able to absorb our sun and consume the equivalent of its mass once every two days. Its size is also impressive, as it measures about as much as 20 billion suns put together. It reached this tremendous size at an impressive speed, as it grows by one percent once every million of years.
Given its impressive size, it absorbs all sorts of gases that interact and produce all kinds of movements and heat. This makes the monster black hole incredibly bright, outshining even a big galaxy. If the hole were closer to us, it would look brighter than a full moon. Therefore, it’s easy to understand how researchers spotted it even if it’s so far away.
The black hole emits radiation that is detectable as infrared
However, it’s a good thing our planet is not so close to such a monster black hole. Apart from absorbing gases, it would have emanated all kinds of radiations that would have made life on Earth impossible. Since it’s so far away, the rays it emitted changed their formation and trajectory several times before reaching us. Therefore, researchers detected them by using infrared equipment.
This is the first monster black hole ever spotted by researchers. It’s interesting to see such formations came into being when the universe was so young, so they are now wondering if there are others that look the same. Therefore, they are currently looking for other fast-growing formations that might be comparable to this one.
The study on the monster black hole is soon to be published in a science journal but is already available on arXiv.
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