Scientists have recently stumble upon the fastest-growing black hole that we have ever seen. It is ridiculously large, and it seems to have an enormous appetite. Some new research from an international team of astronomers proves that the mass of this black hole is about 8,00 times bigger than the well-known black hole in the center of the Milky Way. This information was made public by Christopher Onken, affiliated with the Australian National University, in a recent press release.
To give some more details about the location of this enormous black hole, it is called J2157 and it is 34 billion times the mass of our sun, consuming the equivalent of one sun every single day. Currently, if the black hole located in the center of the Milky Way was to grow as big as J2157, it would have to instantly consume about two-thirds of all the stars in our galaxy. This information was also made public by Onken, in the same press release.
Onken, together with his team of researchers, have uncovered this black hole two years ago. At the time, they were completely astonished by how fast the black hole is able to grow. Fuyan Bian, a team member of the European Southern Observatory, has explained that the amount that black holes are able to swallow depends strictly on how much mass they already have. That being said, only a huge black hole can grow at such an impressive amount. This would mean that, if this black hole is able to swallow so much matter in such a short amount of time, it is an absolutely huge black hole. In fact, it could even be a record holder. For that, the research has to be reviewed by fellow scientists. It has been quite an interesting time for black holes in the past years.