Scientists Have Found a New Black Hole With Mass 50,000 Times the Sun
Our universe is a huge mystery and every now and then we find a new piece of the puzzle. Scientists have come across a new black hole that is unlike any other; it believed that it could help us “tie the whole black hole family together.”
The massive object is found near a quasar – nature’s source of the most brutal radiation – with billions of time more energy output compared to the sun. The new black hole is named SDSS J0100+2802, and is about 1.2 billion light years from Earth. From the data gathered so far, the black hole is a whopping 12 billion times the size of the sun, and around 50,000 times of its mass.
Scientists claim that it was formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. What couldn’t be explained is how can an object so big, is formed in such a short time. It’s unlike any other black hole ever discovered. Dr Fuyan Bian, from the Australian National University said that the creation of this black hole in such a short time, is hard to explain by using current theories.
He says: “This black hole at the centre of the quasar gained enormous mass in a short period of time.”
According to a theory, it is an intermediate-mass black hole which gives birth to other supermassive black holes. But the existence of IMBH’s has only been a part of hypotaties so far and more research will be required on the object, before reaching a conclusion.
Astronomers has so far been able to find 200,000 quasars. They are extremely luminous but due to being so distant, they seem faint. But in this case, the quasar is the brightest one found yet.
Xue-Bing Wu, a professor at Peking University in China stated:
This quasar is very unique. We are so excited, when we found that there is such a luminous and massive quasar formed only 0.9bn years after the Big Bang. Just like the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe, its glowing light will help us to probe more about the early universe.
The quasar will help scientist know more about how quasar’s galaxy and a black hole can co-evolve. Some evidence indicate that black holes probably grow much faster compared to their host galaxies. However, nothing can be said for sure regarding the matter without further research.