Discovery of Black Hole Absorbing Sun's Parallel Black Hole Every Day – UAE Breaking News

According to a study published in the journal Nature, astronomers have observed a black hole absorbing the size of the Sun every day.

“We have discovered the fastest growing black hole ever known,” Australian National University astronomer Christian Wolff, lead author of the study, explained in a statement released by the European Southern Observatory. “It has 17 billion suns and eats more than one sun per day.”

A supermassive black hole, invisible by definition, illuminates the heart of the galaxy in which it resides. This nucleus is called a quasar, and the nucleus observed by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT, located in Chile) is “the most luminous object in the known universe,” says Christian Wolff.

It took 12 billion years for its light to reach the VLT's instruments, dating its existence to the primordial epoch of the universe, 13.8 billion years ago.

The light from the black hole J0529-4351, as it was given the name, was discovered in the 1980s, according to the study, the results of which were published Monday. But an automated analysis of data from the Gaia satellite, which maps the galaxy, found it to be a very bright star.

As for researchers using the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and later the VLT's X-Shooter, they identified it as indeed a quasar last year.

The supermassive black hole is attracting massive amounts of matter, which is also accelerating at high speeds, emitting light equivalent to the light of more than 500 billion suns, according to a report from the European Southern Observatory.

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