Researchers Discover Massive Black Hole

February 21, 2024

It was hiding in plain sight.

Dr. Christopher Onken, researcher at Australian National University and co-author of a new study explaining how researchers discovered the fastest-growing black hole ever recorded …

Why It Matters: The researchers say this discovery reflects “the most luminous known object in the universe … 500 trillion times brighter than our sun,” and aids our understanding of how the universe expands as most large galaxieshave a black hole in their center. 

Read More: Brightest and fastest-growing: astronomers identify record-breaking quasar (European Southern Observatory)

A ravenous black hole created the universe’s brightest object, study says (The Washington Post)

Scientists have found a black hole so large it eats the equivalent of one sun per day (NPR)

Photo Details & Credit: “Artist’s impression showing the record-breaking quasar J059-4351. Photo: ESO/M. Kornmesser” (Australian National University)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas