Newly-discovered mega black holes are ‘literally eating the universe’


From the Daily Express, May 2015


A GROUP of mega black holes are believed to be wolfing down the edges of space at a much faster rate than ever thought possible.

Supermassive black holes devour large amounts of gas, dust and all in their path

The discovery by scientists could shed new light on the forming of the universe and why black holes emerged soon after the ‘Big Bang’.

Scientists using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory claim an unusually voracious group of supermassive black holes could be gorging on the outer limits of the cosmos, devouring matter much faster than they previously thought.

Bin Luo, of Pennsylvania State University, who led the study, said: “Even for famously prodigious consumers of material, these huge black holes appear to be dining at enormous rates, at least five to ten times faster than typical [black holes].”

Astronomers have known for…

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