Hungry black hole among the most massive in the Universe

Artist's impression of quasar surrounded by a dusty donut shape(torus) and clumps called 'cloudes'. Photo credit: Nima Abkenar. Credit Alex Andrix
1 July 2020

The fastest-growing black hole in the universe is 34 billion times the mass of our sun and feasts on a meal the equivalent of our sun each day, according to a new study by a group of astronomers including CGA scientists Dr Christian Wolf and Dr Chris Onken. This giant black hole - known as J2157 - was discovered by the same research team in 2018, but now we know better how hungry this black hole is.  

The study published 1st July in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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