Fastest-growing black hole may have been discovered by astronomers – BBC News

Astronomers led by the Australian National University believe they have discovered the fastest-growing black hole – which consumes the equivalent of one Earth every second.

The black hole was spotted about half way across the universe but had previously been missed due to its position close to the Milky Way.

The origin of what is known as “supermassive black holes” is a “deep mystery”, explains Christopher Reynolds, an astrophysicist at Cambridge University.

Understanding how these black holes grew is a key goal for astronomers.

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