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Fast Growing Black Hole Could eat 2/3 of the Stars in the Galaxy

Fast Growing Black Hole Could eat 2/3 of the Stars in the Galaxy

Space is not as pretty as it looks, It is quite a dark place. While nothing is darker in the universe than a Blackhole. Black holes form when a star dies and its collapses in on itself producing a magnificent explosion. However, things get crazy when all the leftover material from the explosion may get equal to the mass of our Sun and it falls into an infinitely small point.

Black holes can form in many ways though, and large black holes can have tens to millions of times the mass of our sun trapped in a point smaller than the tip of a pin! Some black holes trap more and more material as their mass increases. The point where all that mass is trapped is called a singularity. It may be infinitely small, but its influence is enormous.

Imagine a circle with a singularity in the middle. The gravity on the inside of the circle is so strong that nothing can escape it sucks in everything, even light. This circle is known as the event horizon. An event horizon is probably what you are thinking of when you think of a black hole.

Experts at Australia’s National University have discovered that a black hole in space is expanding rapidly and getting as big as the sun. Since then they have been working to calculate its mass, and their results have been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

According to the research of Australian experts, the size of the largest black hole in the universe, Abel-85, is 40 billion times bigger than the Sun, while this black hole called J2157

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is 34 billion times bigger than the Sun.

The fastest-growing black hole – J2157 – is pictured centre. It is billions of years from Earth, leaving scientists viewing it at 1.2 billion years old, less than a tenth of its current age. Picture from: dailymail.co.uk

According to experts, this black hole is expanding rapidly and is growing as fast as our sun every day, while it has doubled in size compared to last month. Experts say that if the hunger of the black hole continues like this, that is, if it continues to spread like this, it will eat up two-thirds of the stars in our galaxy.

First-Ever Image of a Black Hole

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the centre of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

J2157 is far away from Earth, with light from its location needs to travel for billions of years before it reaches our planet. As a result, scientists can only view it at 1.2 billion years old, less than a tenth of its current age.

One of the biggest mysteries of the universe is a black hole, which scientists are working hard to know and understand. The black hole has been given many names, sometimes it is called the way from one universe to another, sometimes it is the pit of death.

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