Monster-like blackhole discovered, growing rapidly in the universe
New Delhi : During the study of our universe, scientists have discovered a supermassive blackhole which is growing rapidly. It can be compared with a monster that can devour a huge mass equal to Sun. The astronomers took a close look more than 12 billion years, the dark ages of the universe and estimated that supermassive black hole was of the size of about 20 billion suns with a one per cent growth rate every one million years.
"This black hole is growing so rapidly that it's shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy, due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat," said Christian Wolf from Australian National University (ANU). "If we had this monster sitting at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon. It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would almost wash out all of the stars in the sky," said Wolf.
Scientists found that the energy emitted from this newly discovered supermassive black hole was mostly ultraviolet lights and a bit radiated rays. "Again, if this monster was at the centre of the Milky Way it would likely make life on Earth impossible with the huge amounts of x-rays emanating from it," he said. They used SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory and detected this light in the near-infrared, as the light waves had red-shifted over the billions of light years to Earth.
"As the universe expands, space expands and that stretches the light waves and changes their colour," Wolf said. "These large and rapidly-growing blackholes are exceedingly rare, and we have been searching for them with SkyMapper for several months now. The European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, which measures tiny motions of celestial objects, helped us find this supermassive black hole," he said.
As per the Gaia satellite, the black object found was sitting still and a member of a very large quasar. The discovery of the new supermassive black hole was confirmed using the spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 metre telescope to split colours into spectral lines. "We don't know how this one grew so large, so quickly in the early days of the Universe," Wolf said.Wolf said as these kinds of black holes shine, they can be used as beacons to see and study the formation of elements in the early galaxies of the universe.
"Scientists can see the shadows of objects in front of the supermassive black hole," he said. "Fast-growing supermassive black holes also help to clear the fog around them by ionising gases, which makes the universe more transparent," he added. Instruments on very large ground-based telescopes being built over the next decade would be able to directly measure the expansion of the universe using these very bright black holes, Wolf said.