Scientists have discovered the most hungry black hole in the universe that bear a resemblance to 128-pound Japanese eating champion Takeru Kobayashi.
The new black hole, dubbed as P13, is found on the edge of galaxy NGC7793 which is about 12 million light years away.
Revealing more about the hungry black hole, the scientists said that the P13 was spotted in the massive cluster of the black holes due to its unusual brightness.
The new black hole is around a million times brighter than the Sun. Apart from the brightness, the exceptional size of this massive celestial body also helped the scientists to figure it out from the cluster of its dimmer counterparts.
According to the scientists, P13 is so ravenous that it is sucking up gas from a neighboring star at ten times faster rate.
In a statement, Dr Roberto Soria of International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research said, “It was generally believed that the maximum speed at which a black hole could swallow gas and produce light was tightly determined by its size.”
The astronauts said that the P13 is more like the cosmic equivalent of a Kobayashi, who takes in the weight equivalent of 100 billion hot dogs a minute.
According to the scientists, the black hole is eating up the nearby gas more and more from the neighboring star and in the process it is getting brighter and hotter simultaneously.
When the scientists measured the mass of the P13, it came up less than 15 times the Sun’s mass. This made the black hole a champion eater in relation to its weight.
Soria said, “These black holes are the champions of competitive gas eating in the Universe as they are capable of swallowing their donor star in less than a million years. This is a very short span on cosmic scales.”
The study’s findings were detailed online on Thursday in the journal Nature.
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