Astronomers have discovered a black hole so massive that it challenges current theories of how the stellar anomalies grow. Scientists say this black hole formed around 900 million years following the Big Bang. Though, with current measurements, it is 12 billion times the size of the Sun, challenging widespread theories regarding the birth of black holes.
Fuyan Bian, astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Australia, stated this is the largest black hole discovered from this period in astronomical time. The current theory regarding the formation of black holes states there is a limit of how quickly they can grow, this black hole is much too big to coincide with this theory, he said. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
The formation of these supermassive black holes remains a mystery to scientists, many believe the rate of growth was previously limited. The black hole was discovered by a team of scientists headed by Xue-Bind Wu at Peking University, in China.
By Alex Lemieux
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