Monstrously huge black hole devours a piece of matter the size of the Earth every second

An artistic impression of a rapidly expanding supermassive black hole from far away. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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Astronomers have discovered the brightest and fastest growing black hole of the past 9 billion years. The huge cosmic entity is 3 billion times more massive than the Sun and swallows a Soil-big chunk of matter every second.

The new supermassive black hole, known as J1144, is about 500 times larger than Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Waywho was recently photographed for the first time† A ring of super-hot plasma surrounding the vast void also radiates about 7,000 times more light than our entire galaxy.

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