Detection of the Brightest and Most Voracious Black Hole Ever


Scientists have discovered the most luminous object ever detected in the distant universe, a quasar known as J0529-4351. This quasar is the bright core of a galaxy, powered by a black hole 17 billion times the mass of our Sun. The Very Large Telescope in Chile confirmed the object’s power. According to a report in Nature Astronomy, the black hole consumes the equivalent of one Sun’s mass daily. The quasar had been recorded in data years ago, but its true nature has only recently been recognized. The energy emitted by the quasar makes it over 500 trillion times more luminous than the Sun. All galaxies seem to have a supermassive object at their core, suggesting these objects are key to galaxy evolution. Scientists are now considering that these objects could have grown directly from gas existing just after the Big Bang.

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