The Biggest, Blackest Hole Found Yet

The Biggest, Blackest Hole Found Yet

A 900 million year old black hole was recently discovered in a quasar, which is so big it has made scientists around the world question theories about how they grow. The black hole found weighs as much as 12 billion suns, and scientists are wondering how this relatively young black hole grew to this size in such a short amount of time.

The extreme brightness of the black hole is about 40,000 times brighter than the entire Milky Way, which shows just how powerfully the gas is being heated, and how massive it really is. . In contrast to other black holes found to be the same age as this black hole, the other black holes has a mass 4 times less than that of this one.

Fuyan Bian from the Australian National University stated, “Current theory is for a limit to how fast a black hole can grow, but this black hole is too large for that theory.” How supermassive black holes are created is still a topic open for discussion, but scientists have always believed that he growth rate of black holes was limited.

For those of you wondering, black holes grow by absorbing mass, or at least that is what the scientific theory suggests. But as mass is absorbed, it becomes heated, which creates radiation pressure. This radiation pressure then pushes the mass away from the black hole, and with these 2 forces balanced together, it was believed to limit the black holes growth.

The team of global scientists that discovered the black hole worked at Peking University in China as a part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. As this survey continues, more black holes are expected to be found be the team.