It is a truism of modern astronomy that every galaxy has a hungry heart, paraphrasing Bruce Springsteen, in the form of a massive black hole swallowing gas, dust and even stars.
Astronomers in Australia now say they have found the most hungry heart in the entire cosmos. It is a black hole 20 billion times the mass of the sun eating the equivalent of a star every two days.
The black hole is growing so rapidly, said Christian Wolf, of the Australian National University, who led the team he found in the background of time, "which is probably 10,000 times brighter than the galaxy in which he lives" . So bright, it is dazzling our eyes and we can not see the galaxy itself. He and his colleagues announced the discovery in a document to be published in the Publications of the Australian Astronomical Society.
Black holes are a unique access door to gravitational oblivion, according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, but they can only swallow so much, depending on their size; the rest of matter and energy is poured into space, producing fireworks popularly known as quasars.
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